Bordeaux Style Blend

A red Bordeaux-style blend can include any of the classic Bordeaux wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Depending on the dominant grape – usually either Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon – these big, rich reds have slightly different flavour profiles. Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blends (called ‘Left Bank’ blends in France) are concentrated and tannic, while Merlot-driven blends (traditionally from the ‘Right Bank’ of the Dordogne river) are softer and more fruit-driven, in the simplest terms.