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French wine is 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 French 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 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2002 Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2002
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2002  Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (375ML half-bottle) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Barton  2002 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Barton 2002
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2002 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages 2002
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau de Fargues Sauternes 2002  Front Label
      Chateau de Fargues Sauternes 2002
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      • Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2002  Front Label
        Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes 2002
        Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 2002  Front Label
          Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 2002
          Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg de Turckheim Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer 2002  Front Label
          Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg de Turckheim Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer 2002
          Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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          • Chateau Palmer  2002 Front Label
            Chateau Palmer 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
            • RP94
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          • Domaine Fournier Sancerre Rouge 2002 Front Label
            Domaine Fournier Sancerre Rouge 2002
            Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
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            • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2002 Front Label
              Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Latour  2002 Front Label
              Chateau Latour 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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              • RP96
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            • Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2002  Front Label
              Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Antonin Rodet Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir 2002
              Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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              • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2002 Front Label
                Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2002
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
                • RP95
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                • D94
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              • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2002  Front Label
                Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2002
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
                • RP94
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              • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2002 Front Label
                Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2002 Front Label
                Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2002
                Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Lynch-Bages (stained label) 2002 Front Label
                Chateau Lynch-Bages (stained label) 2002
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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              • Saint Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut 2002 Front Label
                Saint Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut 2002
                Vintage Sparkling Wine from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                • Chateau Ausone  2002 Front Label
                  Chateau Ausone 2002
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Domaine Tortochot Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
                  Domaine Tortochot Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux Premier Cru 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2002 Front Label
                    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2002
                    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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