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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 Ducru-Beaucaillou  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie Macquin  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Macquin 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Bellevue Mondotte St. Emilion 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • 21 Grams  2005  Front Label
    21 Grams 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Leoville Barton 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cheval Blanc (slightly stained label) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malescot St. Exupery  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  2005 Front Label
    Opus One 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lascombes  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lascombes 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Rauzan-Segla (scuffed label) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2005 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Les Forts de Latour 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Faugeres 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau d'Issan 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Latour 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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