Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend Red Wine


Bordeaux Blends refers to the different varieties of grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec used to manufacture Bordeaux red wines. Carménère is not used that often in Red Bordeaux Blends. The equivalent of a Bordeaux Blend in the USA is the Meritage brand which is a registered trademark. Red Bordeaux Blends are well known for deep flavors and rich structures with notes of dark fruit including berries, plum and blackcurrant. The high Tannins content makes this a dry wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon – The Key Ingredient in Blending Red Bordeaux Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon is a key ingredient in Bordeaux Blends with Merlot coming a close second. Cabernet and Merlot are so popular that they appear in the majority of Bordeaux Blends. Other grape choices include Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Carménère, Clerc-Milon, Haut-Bailly and Brane-Cantenac although rarely used also feature in some Bordeaux Blends.

Is Bordeaux Blend becoming a fading term?
With the rapid expansion of the worldwide wine industry, the term Bordeaux Blend may seem a little too limited. After all, Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are now cultivated all over the world. However it is unlikely that the term will go out of fashion since wine enthusiasts used Bordeaux Blends as a benchmark for measuring the quality of more recent wine blends.

Ingredients such as Syrah, Sangiovese and Zinfandel are also sometimes used in blends forcing the question of whether newer blends can be referred to as Bordeaux Blends. Since the Cabernet Sauvignon originated in the Bordeaux region, the term will always have some relevance provided that Cabernet is not surpassed by another new discovery of grapes.

Bordeaux Blends are now produced in countries including South Africa, New Zealand, North and South America and Australia. Each country has their unique way of preparing the Bordeaux blend. The success of Bordeaux Belnds has allowed countries in North Africa and the Middle East to also produce their own blends.

Variations of the Bordeaux Blend
Variations of the Bordeaux Blend include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Bordeaux Blend is best served and enjoyed with the following foods:
  • Steak entrecôte marchand de vin (steak prepared in red-wine sauce and shallots);
  • Grass-fed wagyu rib-eye fillet and,
  • Roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic.
Mostly used in below countries:

France 85%
USA 8%
Italy 3%
South Africa 1%
Chile 1%
Argentina 1%
Australia 0%
Other 1%