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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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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2003 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2003
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, 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 Lynch-Bages  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne 2003 Front Label
    Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie La Mordoree 2003 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie La Mordoree 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, 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 Mouton Rothschild  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin 2003 Front Label
    Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin 2003
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Clos Fourtet  2003 Front Label
    Clos Fourtet 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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