Classic varietal refers to the nine varietals considered classic due to their high quality and their ability to be transplanted in the widest geographical and climatic conditions (while maintaining their identifiable varietal character and significant quality). There are five white classic varietals: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir hold that position for the red varietals.