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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  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2005
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    • Chateau Gruaud Larose  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Gruaud Larose 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Clerc Milon 2005
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    • Les Forts de Latour  2005 Front Label
      Les Forts de Latour 2005
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    • Chateau Malescot St. Exupery  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Cheval Blanc 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Latour  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Latour 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pape Clement  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Pape Clement 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pavie Macquin  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Pavie Macquin 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Pontet-Canet 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Citran Haut Medoc 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Citran Haut Medoc 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2005 Front Label
      Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Margaux  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Margaux 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Domaine de Chevalier  2005 Front Label
      Domaine de Chevalier 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2005
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    • Chateau Brane-Cantenac  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme Haut-Medoc 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme Haut-Medoc 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Figeac  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Figeac 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Palmer  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Palmer 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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