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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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    Dom Perignon P2 Vintage in Gift Box 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Tortochot Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Lynch-Bages (stained labels) 2002
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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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      Ruinart Dom Ruinart Brut Rose 2002
      Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        Pommery Cuvee Louise with Gift Box 2002
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        Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2002
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 2002
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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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        Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage Rare with Gift Box 2002
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        Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2002
        Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        • Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002 Front Label
          Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002
          Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (stained label) 2002  Front Label
          Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (stained label) 2002
          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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