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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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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 2002 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2002 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2002 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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    Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage Rare with Gift Box 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2002 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2002 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases (slightly torn label) 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases (slightly torn label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002
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  • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 Front Label
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee in Gift Box 2002 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee in Gift Box 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage Rare 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee (torn labels) 2002
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2002
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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