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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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  • Opus One  2012  Front Label
    Opus One 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Clos Apalta  2012 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2012  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 2012 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pape Clement 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Dominique  2012 Front Label
    Chateau La Dominique 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ornellaia  2012 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Fombrauge 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012 Front Label
    Kapcsandy Family Winery State Lane Vineyard Estate Cuvee 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Fleur Cardinale  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Carbonnieux  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Carbonnieux 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Montes Alpha M 2012 Front Label
    Montes Alpha M 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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