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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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  • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2000  Front Label
    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2000
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Robert Arnoux Vosne Romanee Les Suchots 2000 Front Label
    Robert Arnoux Vosne Romanee Les Suchots 2000
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jacquesson Avize Brut Grand Cru 2000 Front Label
    Jacquesson Avize Brut Grand Cru 2000
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  • Robert Arnoux Echezeaux Grand Cru 2000 Front Label
    Robert Arnoux Echezeaux Grand Cru 2000
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2000 Front Bottle Shot
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2000 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2000
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2000 Front Label
    Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2000
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2000 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2000
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  • Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2000 Front Label
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    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2000
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  • Domaine Ramonet Montrachet 2000 Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Montrachet 2000
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 2000 Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 2000
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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