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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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  • Chateau d'Armailhac  2004 Front Label
    Chateau d'Armailhac 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2004 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2004 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2004 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2004 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Newton Claret 2004 Front Label
    Newton Claret 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2004 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Ridge Monte Bello 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Chateau Meyney  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Meyney 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2004 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2004 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Clos Apalta 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
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    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 2004 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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