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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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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2003 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Margaux (scuffed label) 2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2003 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 2003 Front Label
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  • Chateau Latour  2003 Front Label
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur (bin soiled labels) 2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2003 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003
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  • Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet (Torn Label) 2003 Front Label
    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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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Talbot  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Talbot 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Pommard Chalins V.V. 2003 Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Pommard Chalins V.V. 2003
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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