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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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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2004 Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Maris Old Vine Grenache 2004 Front Label
    Chateau Maris Old Vine Grenache 2004
    Grenache from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004 Front Label
    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2004 Front Label
    Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice Rouge 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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  • Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2004 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2004 Front Label
    Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Premier Cru 2004 Front Label
    Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale Premier Cru 2004
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2004 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2004
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Bellevue Mondotte  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Bellevue Mondotte 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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