Bordeaux Style Red Blend

A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France which meets the French AOC standards for Bordeaux. The Bordeaux region is what is known as an appellation, and as such it is regulated by the French government's Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. This system closely defines which grape varieties and winemaking practices are allowed in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards. As prescribed by the AOC, a red Bordeaux wine is generally a blend of grape varieties which may include . The AOC also prescribes the percentage of each variety and the combinations of varieties which are permitted. Wines not meeting the AOC requirements may not be labeled as Bordeaux wines.

A Bordeaux "style" wine is a wine made from these Bordeaux grape-varieties but which is not produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Bordeaux "style" wines may also use percentage combinations of these varieties that do not meet the AOC standard. So, in general you could say that Bordeaux "style" wines are made to be similar to Bordeaux wines, but do not meet the AOC requirements that would all them to label the wine as Bodeaux. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Bordeaux "Style" wines are often labeled as Meritage, Claret, Cuvee and other indicators of a blended wine. Blends of this type may also be labeled with "brand" names such as Magnifcat, Trilogy, Affinity, etc. created by their producers to distinquish their Bordeaux "style" blend.