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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. 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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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2001 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2001 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2001 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2001 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2001  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  2001 Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Viader Proprietary Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Montrose 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2001  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Palmer  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pavie Macquin 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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