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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 Leoville Poyferre  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • JS96
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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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    • WS96
    • CG95
    • WE94
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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 Leoville Barton  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • WE97
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    • CG93
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  • Chateau Kirwan  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Kirwan 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • CG90
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    • CG93
    4.6 26 Ratings
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • CG96
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    • JD96
    • WS94
    • RP93
    4.5 11 Ratings
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • WE95
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    • W&S93
    • CG91
    • RP90
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  • Chateau Lafon-Rochet  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lafon-Rochet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS90
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    • CG90
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • D97
    • WS95
    • RP95
    • CG93
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  • Chateau Giscours  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS93
    • RP92
    • CG92
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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
    • RP95
    • W&S94
    • WS93
    • CG93
    • WE91
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  • Chateau Lascombes  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lascombes 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • RP95
    • W&S94
    • WS93
    • CG93
    • WE91
    3.2 5 Ratings
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  • Chateau Haut-Bergey (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bergey (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • RP92
    • WS91
    • CG90
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  • Chateau Berliquet  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Berliquet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • WE92
    • CG90
    • RP90
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  • Chateau Clinet  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Clinet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
    • RP96
    • WS93
    • CG93
    • WE90
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  • Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • CG90
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  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • WE94
    • WS91
    • W&S91
    • CG90
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  • Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained back label) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained back label) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • WE95
    • JS95
    • WS93
    • CG92
    • RP91
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • CG96
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    • RP94
    • WS94
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • WE96
    • W&S96
    • JS96
    • WS93
    • RP92
    • CG90
    4.4 8 Ratings
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  • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • JD96
    • RP94
    • CG93
    • WS92
    • W&S90
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  • Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • CG90
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  • Chateau Haut-Bergey  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bergey 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • RP92
    • WS91
    • CG90
    3.6 7 Ratings
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