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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 Lafite Rothschild  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Latour 1997
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      Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Michel Lynch Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
        Michel Lynch Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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        • Denis Marchais Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
          Denis Marchais Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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          • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1997 Front Label
            Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1997
            Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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            • Fortant White Merlot 1997
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              • Albert Bichot Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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                • Michel Lynch Merlot 1997 Front Label
                  Michel Lynch Merlot 1997
                  Merlot from 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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                    • Fortant Sauvignon Blanc 1997 Front Label
                      Fortant Sauvignon Blanc 1997
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                      • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1997
                        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                        • Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Cuvee Madame (500 ML) 1997 Front Label
                          Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Cuvee Madame (500 ML) 1997
                          Fruit Wine from Bordeaux, France
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                        • Perrier-Jouet Rose Belle Epoque 1997 Front Label
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                          • Antonin Rodet Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
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                              • Vichon Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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                                  • M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc Deschants 1997 Front Label
                                    M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc Deschants 1997
                                    Rhone White Blends from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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                                    • L'Orval Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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                                      • Chateau Meric 1997
                                        Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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                                        • Louis Jadot Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                          Louis Jadot Chardonnay 1997
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                                          • Chateau Tayac Rubis de Prince Noir - Cotes de Bourg 1997 Front Label
                                            Chateau Tayac Rubis de Prince Noir - Cotes de Bourg 1997
                                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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