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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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2004 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2004  Front Label
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2004 Front Label
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  • Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve Vintage Brut 2004 Front Label
    Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve Vintage Brut 2004
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  • Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2004 Front Label
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Limited Edition Box 2004 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Limited Edition Box 2004
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  • Dom Perignon Rose 2004 Front Label
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite 2004 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Cantenac Brown  2004 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, 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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2004 Front Label
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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 Front Label
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    Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut in Gift Box 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2004 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2004 Front Label
    Louis Latour Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2004
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2004 Front Label
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    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Clerc Milon 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill with Gift Box 2004 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill with Gift Box 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Dom Perignon Rose Limited Edition Gift Box by Bjork & Chris Cunningham 2004 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Rose Limited Edition Gift Box by Bjork & Chris Cunningham 2004
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Kirwan  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Kirwan 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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