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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 Valandraud  1997  Front Label
    Chateau Valandraud 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1997  Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1997
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, 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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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1997 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1997
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose 1997 Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose 1997
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 1997 Front Label
    Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 1997
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, 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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  • Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1997
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Moulin-a-Vent 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Moulin-a-Vent 1997
    Gamay from Burgundy, France
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  • Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg Gewurztraminer 1997
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Antonin Rodet Meursault 1997
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Premier Cru  1997 Front Label
    Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Premier Cru 1997
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Josmeyer Les Folastries Gewurztraminer 1997 Front Label
    Josmeyer Les Folastries Gewurztraminer 1997
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Hommage Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Hommage Riesling 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personnelle Tokay Pinot Gris 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personnelle Tokay Pinot Gris 1997
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Hommage Tokay Pinot Gris 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Hommage Tokay Pinot Gris 1997
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 1997 Front Label
    Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 1997
    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Dom. Albert Belle Crozes HermitageLouis Belle 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 1997 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 1997
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 1997
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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