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Rich, Juicy 2015 Right-Bank Bordeaux. $25

The monks and farmers of France have spent centuries years identifying the grape varietals that best fit their lands. Most grape-place pairings were settled long ago, and now the happy marriages -- Syrah in the Northern Rhône, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy, Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre -- produce many of the world’s finest expressions of each varietal.

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Minor-League Pomerol: Juicy 2015 Right Bank Bordeaux. $25

The monks and farmers of France have spent about a thousand years identifying the grape varietals that best fit their lands. Most grape-place pairings were settled centuries ago, and now the happy marriages -- Syrah in the Northern Rhône, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy, Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre -- produce many of the world’s finest expressions of each varietal.