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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 Mouton Rothschild  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, 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 Pichon-Longueville Baron  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 2003
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  • Chateau Montrose  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2003
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2003
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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 Palmer  2003 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2003 Front Label
      Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2003 Front Label
      Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Beychevelle (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
      Chateau Beychevelle (375ML half-bottle) 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Potensac  2003 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Clerc Milon  2003 Front Label
      Chateau Clerc Milon 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  2003 Front Label
      Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2003 Front Label
      Chateau Pontet-Canet 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau du Tertre  2003 Front Label
      Chateau du Tertre 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau L'Eglise Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
      Chateau L'Eglise Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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