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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 d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1997  Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (375ML half-bottle) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
      Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (half-bottle) 1997
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        • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 1997
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1997
            Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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            • Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
              Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
              Riesling from Alsace, France
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              • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 1997
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                • Jaboulet Beaumes de Venise Muscat (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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                    • Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                      Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1997
                      Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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                      • Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
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                        • Chateau Duhart-Milon (375ML half-bottle) 1997
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                          • Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Rouge (half-bottle) 1997
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                            • M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                              M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers (half-bottle) 1997
                              Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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                              • Chateau de Pez Saint-Estephe (half-bottle) 1997
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                              • Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                                Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe (half-bottle) 1997
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                                • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (half-bottle) 1997
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                                    • Hugel Hommage Riesling (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                                      Hugel Hommage Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
                                      Riesling from Alsace, France
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                                    • Chateau Coutet (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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                                        • Hugel Hommage Gewurztraminer (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                                          Hugel Hommage Gewurztraminer (half-bottle) 1997
                                          Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                                          • Guigal Hermitage Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                                            Guigal Hermitage Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 1997
                                            Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                                            • Trimbach Gewurztraminer (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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                                              • Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Haut Medoc (375ML half-bottle) 1997
                                                Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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                                                • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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                                                  • Hugel Hommage Tokay Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                                                    Hugel Hommage Tokay Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1997
                                                    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                                                  • Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (375ML half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                                                    Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (375ML half-bottle) 1997
                                                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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