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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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  • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2001  Front Label
    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2001
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes Mares 2001  Front Label
    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes Mares 2001
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2001 Front Label
      Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2001
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Latour  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Latour 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Les Cailloux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire (Lucien et Andre Brunel) 2001 Front Label
      Les Cailloux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire (Lucien et Andre Brunel) 2001
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2001 Front Label
      Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2001
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2001 Front Label
      Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2001
      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pavie  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Pavie 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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