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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 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 red 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. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  1986 Front Label
    Opus One 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1986  Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1986  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Conseillante  1986 Front Label
    Chateau La Conseillante 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Latour 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (375ML half-bottle) 1986 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (375ML half-bottle) 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement (bin soiled label) 1986 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement (bin soiled label) 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP91
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  • Chateau Beychevelle  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Beychevelle 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1986 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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