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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired red blends, have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux Blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux Blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example.

Coming Soon: Regions Map. This is not a final layout.
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        • Chateau Pape Clement  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Pape Clement 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2016  Front Label
          Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau La Tour De Mons  2016  Front Label
          Chateau La Tour De Mons 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Pavie  2016  Front Label
          Chateau Pavie 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Grand Colombier Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016  Front Label
          Chateau Grand Colombier Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2016 Front Label
          Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Fombrauge  2016  Front Label
          Chateau Fombrauge 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2016  Front Label
          Chateau Pontet-Canet 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau La Cardonne  2016  Front Label
          Chateau La Cardonne 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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        • Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2016  Front Label
          Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        • Chateau Blaignan  2016  Front Label
          Chateau Blaignan 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Duhart-Milon 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Lynch-Bages 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Haut-Brion  2016  Front Label
          Chateau Haut-Brion 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Cheval Blanc 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Angelus  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Angelus 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Campo alle Comete Bolgheri Superiore 2016  Front Label
          Campo alle Comete Bolgheri Superiore 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Tenuta Sette Cieli Indaco 2016  Front Label
          Tenuta Sette Cieli Indaco 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Chateau Ausone  2016 Front Label
          Chateau Ausone 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • J. Lohr Cuvee St. E 2016  Front Label
          J. Lohr Cuvee St. E 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Volker Eisele Terzetto 2016  Front Label
          Volker Eisele Terzetto 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • JS92
          • WE90
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