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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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    Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut with Gift Box 2002
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    Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2002 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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    • Gosset Celebris Extra Brut with Gift Box 2002 Front Label
      Gosset Celebris Extra Brut with Gift Box 2002
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2002  Front Label
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        Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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        • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2002 Front Label
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          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine de la Vougeraie Pommard 2002 Front Label
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          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2002 Front Label
            Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2002
            Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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            • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2002 Front Label
              Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2002
              Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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              Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2002
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              • Gosset Celebris Extra Brut 2002 Front Label
                Gosset Celebris Extra Brut 2002
                Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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