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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 Pavie Macquin  2002  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Macquin 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2002 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (stained labels) 2002 Front Label
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    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 Front Label
    Ruinart Dom Ruinart Brut Rose 2002
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Pommery Cuvee Louise with Gift Box 2002 Front Label
    Pommery Cuvee Louise with Gift Box 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 2002
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    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 2002
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    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee in Gift Box 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut with Gift Box 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2002  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 Front Label
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Lanson Gold Label Brut 2002 Front Label
    Lanson Gold Label Brut 2002
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 2002 Front Label
    Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Devillard Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux 2002 Front Label
    Devillard Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux 2002
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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