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Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same two grapes, along with Pinot Meunier, are used to make Champagne.

Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

The northern Rhône Valley is responsible for single-varietal Syrah, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet (Torn Label) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Dom Perignon Rose Limited Edition Gift Box by Jeff Koons 2003
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Philipponnat Brut Cuvee 1522 2003
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir 2003
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Magdelaine  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Magdelaine 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Beaurenard Cuvee Boisrenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003 Front Label
    Domaine de Beaurenard Cuvee Boisrenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003 Front Label
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    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fortia Cuvee du Baron Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Fortia Cuvee du Baron Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Domaine de Chevalier 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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