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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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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut Rose 2004 Front Label
    Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut Rose 2004
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2004  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2004 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2004
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Domaine Charvin Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2004 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2004
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Cadettes 2004 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Cadettes 2004
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Limited Edition Box 2004 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Limited Edition Box 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2004 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Krug Brut 2004  Front Label
    Krug Brut 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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