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Blending is Best

Some of the most famous wines in the world are blends. For example, pretty much all wines from Bordeaux are blends of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Even the white wines from there are blends. But why do winemakers blend?

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Wine Quiz

Which grape variety in Bordeaux contributes body and smooth tannins, creating a rich, luscious mouthfeel, with flavors typically including red fruits like cherry and plum, along with notes of chocolate?

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Merlot
  3. Petit Verdot
  4. Cabernet Franc

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Smooth Operator

Did you know that Merlot is the most planted grape variety in Bordeaux? Merlot gives generous fruit flavors and polished, refined tannins to Bordeaux blends. Some of the finest Merlot in the world can be found on the Right Bank of Bordeaux.

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Bordeaux Made Easy

Ever wondered what makes Bordeaux wines so unique, so sought after, so…irresistible? Or ever felt confused by a Bordeaux Wine Label? Check our Bordeaux 101 to learn more!

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Perfect Pomerol

Some of the best, if not the best, Merlot in the world comes from Pomerol. Lush and plush with silky tannins, floral nuances, and a mix of meatiness and chocolate notes with age.

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Wine Quiz Answer

Answer – #2 Merlot

Merlot plays a crucial role in the Bordeaux blend, often counterbalancing the more robust and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Franc adds floral notes, red fruit, elegance, and acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon adds tannin, structure, and cassis notes. Petit Verdot adds lots of tannin, acid, color, and a spicy note; it’s only used in small amounts.

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