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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 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Pavie 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 2003 Front Label
    Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2003
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, 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 Ducru-Beaucaillou  2003 Front Label
      Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2003 Front Label
      Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2003
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, 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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    • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2003  Front Label
      Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2003
      Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, 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 Monbousquet  2003 Front Label
      Chateau Monbousquet 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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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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    • Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003 Front Label
      Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2003 Front Label
      Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2003
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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