A red blend is a designation or description indicating that the bottle contains more than one grape variety. Red blends can be made in traditional style, such as a Bordeaux or Rhône wine, or with any combination of grapes that the winemaker desires, if it is in alignment with the local wine laws. Wine laws can dictate what grapes can be used and in what proportion.
Bordeaux is the most famous wine-growing region in the world, with a reputation for producing wines that have been the benchmark for wine makers world wide. But did you know that the area used to be a marshy swamp? Vineyards were planted in small areas, but most of the land was unusable marsh or swamp land. Enter the Dutch!
Many believe that Carménère originated in Chile, South America due to the number of Carménère varietal wines on wine store shelves; however, its origins lie in the left bank of Bordeaux.
At Château Lestrille in Bordeaux, France, Estelle and Jean-Louis Roumage make wines that are modern in style, fruit-driven and made to enjoy.