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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 Charmail  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Charmail 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite 2002 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2002 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2002
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pol Roger Brut Rose 2002 Front Label
    Pol Roger Brut Rose 2002
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2002 Front Label
    Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • BH91
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  • Chateau Ausone  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Ausone 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • RP95
    • WS92
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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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    • WS94
    • RP94
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  • Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2002 Front Label
    Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 2002 Front Bottle Shot
    Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • WE94
    • RP93
    • WS91
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  • Chateau Margaux  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS92
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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
    • RP98
    • WS94
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  • Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
    Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • RP92
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 2002 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • WS95
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage Andy Warhol Red Label 2002 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage Andy Warhol Red Label 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • RP96
    • WS95
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  • Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002 Front Label
    Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
    • RP91
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage Andy Warhol Yellow Label 2002 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage Andy Warhol Yellow Label 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • RP96
    • WS95
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2002 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
    • RP92
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  • Lecheneaut Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
    Lecheneaut Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers Premier Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • RP96
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
    • RP94
    • WS93
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  • Louis Jadot Meursault 2002 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Meursault 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
    • RP90
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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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    • WE91
    • WS91
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  • Chateau Margaux (3 Liter Bottle) 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (3 Liter Bottle) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • RP93
    • WS92
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