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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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    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Barde Haut  2014 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Faugeres 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2016  Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Brancaia Ilatraia 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva 2015  Front Label
    Chateau Gigault Cuvee Viva 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2017  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau L'Evangile (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lalande  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Lalande 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Poliziano Le Stanze del Poliziano 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2018  Front Label
    Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Argentiera Villa Donoratico Bolgheri 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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