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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 Barton  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac 2003  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac 2003
    Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Other Dessert from Sauternes, 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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 2003 Front Label
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, 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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  • Domaine de Beaurenard Cuvee Boisrenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2003  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  2003  Front Label
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon Rose 2003 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Rose 2003
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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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