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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.

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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2017  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Brancaia Ilatraia 2017  Front Label
    Brancaia Ilatraia 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Justin Justification 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2017  Front Label
    San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Chateau Bellegrave  2017  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2017  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2017  Front Label
    Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Mormoreto 2017  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Mormoreto 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Larose Perganson  2017  Front Label
    Chateau Larose Perganson 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2017  Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Aquilini Family Blend 2017  Front Label
    Aquilini Family Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Merryvale Profile 2017  Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hamel Isthmus 2017  Front Label
    Hamel Isthmus 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Newton The Puzzle 2017  Front Label
    Newton The Puzzle 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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