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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 Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2001  Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2001
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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 Mouton Rothschild  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Haut-Brion  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Haut-Brion 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Margaux  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Margaux 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau des Erles Cuvee des Ardoises 2001 Front Label
      Chateau des Erles Cuvee des Ardoises 2001
      Other Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes (torn label) 2001 Front Label
        Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes (torn label) 2001
        Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Montrose  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Montrose 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets (1.5L Magnum) 2001
        Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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        • Famille Perrin Les Christins Vacqueras 2001
          Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau Pavie Decesse  2001  Front Label
          Chateau Pavie Decesse 2001
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Vieux Chateau Certan  2001 Front Label
          Vieux Chateau Certan 2001
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2001 Front Label
          Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2001
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, 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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        • Patrick Lesec Chateauneuf-du-Pape Kristial 2001 Front Label
          Patrick Lesec Chateauneuf-du-Pape Kristial 2001
          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Jacques et Francois Lurton Pays d'Oc Chardonnay 2001
          Chardonnay from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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          • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
            Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2001
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          • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin 2001 Front Label
            Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin 2001
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2001 Front Label
            Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2001
            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Chateau Suduiraut (375ML half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
              Chateau Suduiraut (375ML half-bottle) 2001
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            • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (half-bottle) 2001  Front Label
              Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (half-bottle) 2001
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            • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2001 Front Label
              Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2001
              Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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            • Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages 2001
              Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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              • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 2001 Front Label
                Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 2001
                Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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