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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 Pavie (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, 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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  • Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo (3 Liter Bottle) 2003  Front Label
    Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases (3 Liter Bottle) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (3 Liter) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel (3 Liter) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (6 Liter Bottle) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (6 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Labegorce (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Labegorce (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie (6 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie (6 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Cuvee Hommage a Jacques Perrin (3 Liter) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Cuvee Hommage a Jacques Perrin (3 Liter) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (3 Liter - chipped wax capsule) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (3 Liter - chipped wax capsule) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (6 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (6 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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