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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 Leoville Poyferre  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1995 Front Bottle Shot
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lagrange  1995 Front Label
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  • St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    St. Clement Oroppas (1.5L Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 1995 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Margaux 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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