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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 Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Conseillante (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo (3 Liter Bottle) 2000  Front Label
    Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo (3 Liter Bottle) 2000
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Citran Haut Medoc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
    Chateau Citran Haut Medoc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Laboure Roi Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays DOc (1.5L) 2000
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    • Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000  Front Label
      Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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      • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (3 Liter Bottle) 2000 Front Label
        Chateau Cos d'Estournel (3 Liter Bottle) 2000
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
        Mourvedre from Provence, South of France, France
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        Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000  Front Label
        Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
        Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
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          • Chateau Haut-Corbin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Corbin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (6 Liter Bottle) 2000  Front Label
            Chateau Lafite Rothschild (6 Liter Bottle) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Lafon-Rochet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
            Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          • Karolus Haut Medoc (1.5L Magnum) 2000 Front Label
            Karolus Haut Medoc (1.5L Magnum) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Lynch-Bages (3 Liter Bottle) 2000 Front Label
            Chateau Lynch-Bages (3 Liter Bottle) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
            Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Calon-Segur (3 Liter Bottle) 2000 Front Label
            Chateau Calon-Segur (3 Liter Bottle) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Gruaud Larose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
            Chateau Gruaud Larose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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