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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.

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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ornellaia  2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2006 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Colgin Cariad 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2006  Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2006 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Labegorce 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2006 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (scuffed label) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos du Marquis  2006 Front Label
    Clos du Marquis 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2006 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bond St. Eden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cadence Bel Canto Cara Maria Vineyard 2006 Front Label
    Cadence Bel Canto Cara Maria Vineyard 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Destieux  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Destieux 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • WS90
    • RP90
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