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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 Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Les Forts de Latour  2005 Front Label
    Les Forts de Latour 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2005 Front Label
    Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2005
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malescot St. Exupery  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Kirwan  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Kirwan 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    4.3 24 Ratings
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (scuffed label) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla (scuffed label) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WE90
    3.7 8 Ratings
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    4.5 23 Ratings
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • W&S94
    3.9 11 Ratings
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  • Chateau Pavie Macquin  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Macquin 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme Haut-Medoc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme Haut-Medoc 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays Grand Cru 2005
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Carruades de Lafite  2005 Front Label
    Carruades de Lafite 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • WE91
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