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 Bordeaux Blend Red Wine

A Bordeaux Blend, at its most basic, is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. The phrase, which seems to have originated with British wine merchants in the 19th Century, relates as much to wines made from the blend as to the grape-variety combination itself (© Copyright material, Wine-Searcher.com). Far from being an officially defined or legal term, it is almost never used for wine-labeling purposes (although it occasionally appears on back labels). Its equivalent in the United States is Meritage, which is not only legally defined, but also a registered trademark.

Red Bordeaux Blends are known for their powerful structure and deep flavors. Dark fruits and berries such as plum and blackcurrant are commonly used to describe the flavors of red Bordeaux, although there is an unlimited range of terms that have been ascribed to them. Tannins tend to be high in these wines, giving them a firm structure.

Bordeaux Blend Red
Blending red Bordeaux wine

Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend, with Merlot following close behind. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from the Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot blend. The remaining components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, used in varying combinations and proportions. Even Carmenere is on the list of possible ingredients, despite being rarely used by modern Bordeaux vineyards (notable exceptions include Haut-Bailly, Brane-Cantenac and Clerc-Milon).

With the global wine industry expanding and developing at a pace, the use of the term "Bordeaux Blend" is changing. Although a product of the Old World, it remains a useful concept, allowing the wine industry and enthusiasts everywhere to talk about Bordeaux-style red wines as an international group, irrespective of regionality.

Flexibility and a useful vagueness are key assets of the term "Bordeaux Blend", but are also its Achilles' heel; if it becomes too broad or too widely used it will lose its meaning. Is a Bordeaux Blend still a Bordeaux Blend if it contains Zinfandel, Sangiovese or Syrah? Without a formal definition to go by, the answer to that question lies entirely in the collective consciousness of those who use the phrase. Provided that Bordeaux's vignerons don't discover a new grape variety (Cabernet Sauvignon is only a few hundred years old), the term's definition remains relatively clear.

The red Bordeaux style has reached almost every winegrowing country, with new candidates looking to emulate Bordeaux's success. North and South America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand all have their own expressions of the Bordeaux Blend. Even countries in North Africa and the Middle East produce their own interpretations of the style.

Related blends include: Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon – Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon – Carmenere, Cabernet Franc – Merlot.

Food matches include:
Europe: Steak entrecôte marchand de vin (red wine sauce and shallots)
Asia: Beef koftas; grass-fed wagyu rib eye fillet
Americas: Pastel de choclo (Chilean beef and sweetcorn casserole)
Australasia/Oceania: Seared kangaroo fillet with Bordelaise sauce
Africa/Middle East: Khoudar mahshi bil forn (lamb-stuffed baked vegetables)


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We found 8,844 matches for Bordeaux Blend Red, only the first 500 will be shown.
Wine Name
Region 
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Chateau Margaux, Margaux, France Margaux $710 1
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, France Pauillac $631 2
Domaines Barons de Rothschild Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, France Pauillac $1,134 3
Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estephe, France Saint-Estephe $211 7
Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France Pessac-Leognan $628 8
Opus One, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley $297 10
Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, France Pauillac $176 12
Chateau Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, France Pauillac $137 13
Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru $703 15
Chateau Montrose, Saint-Estephe, France Saint-Estephe $169 17
Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases', Saint-Julien, France Saint-Julien $263 19
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, France Pauillac $188 20
Chateau Palmer, Margaux, France Margaux $297 21
Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint-Julien, France Saint-Julien $120 23
Chateau Angelus, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru $339 27
Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville, Pauillac, France Pauillac $164 28
Chateau Pavie, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France Saint-Emilion Grand Cru $309 29
Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France Pessac-Leognan $504 31
Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Saint-Julien, France Saint-Julien $136 32
Chateau Talbot, Saint-Julien, France Saint-Julien $87 33
Chateau Gruaud-Larose, Saint-Julien, France Saint-Julien $110 35
Dominus Estate Christian Moueix, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley $183 37
Chateau Calon-Segur, Saint-Estephe, France Saint-Estephe $117 38
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 'Ornellaia' Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy Bolgheri $203 41
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley $194 42
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