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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 Latour  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, 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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  • 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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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Colgin Cariad 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WE92
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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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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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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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    • WE90
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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 Lafite Rothschild  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie Decesse  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Decesse 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, 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 Hosanna 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Destieux  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Destieux 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Almaviva Red 2006 Front Label
    Almaviva Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 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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  • Leonetti Reserve 2006 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bond Quella 2006 Front Label
    Bond Quella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2006 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
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