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What’s a Bordeaux Blend?

by David on December 21, 2010

Same thing as a Meritage (pronounced like “heritage” – it isn’t a French term). And, a Meritage, or Bordeaux blend, is wine made of a mix of grapes that came to America from Bordeaux.

The top 5? The vast majority of these blends include some or all of these varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The main white Bordeaux varieties are Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Those producers who are members of the Meritage Alliance have to play by their rules: The wine must be a blend of two or more of the red Bordeaux varieties with no single variety composing more than 90% of the blend. And, each variety has a special role to play, whether it’s adding color, tannin, elegance, fragrance… It’s the winemaker’s job to come up with a well-balanced, delicious blend! Our ÆROS® is a lovely example!  More on Bordeaux blends


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