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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 Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002 Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee (torn labels) 2002 Front Label
    Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee (torn labels) 2002
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Champs-Canet (stained label) 2002 Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Champs-Canet (stained label) 2002
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rene Leclerc Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Rene Leclerc Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs Premier Cru Monopole 2002 Front Label
    Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs Premier Cru Monopole 2002
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Vaillons 2002 Front Label
    Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Vaillons 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanee Cros-Parantoux Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
    Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanee Cros-Parantoux Premier Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rene Engel Vosne-Romanee Les Brulees 2002 Front Label
    Rene Engel Vosne-Romanee Les Brulees 2002
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Champy Mazis Chambertin 2002 Front Label
    Maison Champy Mazis Chambertin 2002
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Frederic Esmonin Clos Vougeot 2002 Front Label
    Frederic Esmonin Clos Vougeot 2002
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2002
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2002
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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