The "Bordeaux Blend" refers to a wine made from at least two of the classic Bordeaux varieties.
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Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are the five varieties that make up the components of a Bordeaux blend, though some may count Carmenere as a sixth. Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot usually play the lead role, while Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot act as the supporting cast. These three grapes help to add color, structure and body in varying amounts. A Bordeaux blend typically, but not exclusively, uses at least two of the five grapes to be labeled as such. The beauty of the blend? Each year the percentage of each grape in the blend can vary and the winemaker can include more of the variety that excelled in that particular vintage.