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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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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1997 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1997 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 1997 Front Label
    Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1997 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 1997 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Gewurztraminer 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Gewurztraminer 1997
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Auguste Clape Cornas 1997 Front Label
    Auguste Clape Cornas 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 1997 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 1997
    Fruit Wine from Loire, France
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  • Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 1997 Front Label
    Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 1997
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 1997 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 1997
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Chateau Le Bon Pasteur Pomerol 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Coche-Dury Meursault 1997
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Vieilles Vignes 1997 Front Label
    Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Vieilles Vignes 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Mondotte  1997 Front Label
    Chateau La Mondotte 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Antonin Rodet Meursault Les Perrieres Premier Cru 1997 Front Bottle Shot
    Antonin Rodet Meursault Les Perrieres Premier Cru 1997
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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