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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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  • Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2003 Front Label
    Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, 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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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (stained label) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (stained label) 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Bernard Gigondas 2003 Front Label
    Louis Bernard Gigondas 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003  Front Bottle Shot
    Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Pez  2003 Front Label
    Chateau de Pez 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Galichets 2003
    Cabernet Franc from Loire, France
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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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  • Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cabernet Franc 2003 Front Label
    Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cabernet Franc 2003
    Cabernet Franc from Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2003 Front Label
    Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2003 Front Label
    Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2003
    Gamay from Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2003 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2003
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de Nizas Languedoc Rouge 2003 Front Label
    Domaine de Nizas Languedoc Rouge 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Fortant Cabernet Sauvignon (OU Kosher) 2003 Front Label
    Fortant Cabernet Sauvignon (OU Kosher) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2003 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2003
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Olga Raffault Chinon La Popliniere 2003 Front Label
    Olga Raffault Chinon La Popliniere 2003
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Figuieres Blanc 2003 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Figuieres Blanc 2003
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent Clos de Rochegres 2003
    Gamay from Burgundy, France
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  • Dom. Filliatreau Saumur-Champigny La Grande Vignolle 2003 Front Label
    Dom. Filliatreau Saumur-Champigny La Grande Vignolle 2003
    Other Red Blends from Loire, France
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  • Louis Jadot Morgon Ch. des Lumieres Cote du Py 2003 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Morgon Ch. des Lumieres Cote du Py 2003
    Gamay from Burgundy, France
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  • Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2003 Front Label
    Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2003
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2003 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2003
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Krug Brut 2003 Front Label
    Krug Brut 2003
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra Brut 2003 Front Label
    Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra Brut 2003
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 2003 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 2003
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • RP93
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