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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 Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2002  Front Label
    Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2002
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Dom Perignon Rose 2002 Front Label
      Dom Perignon Rose 2002
      Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, 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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    • Domaine Fournier Sancerre Rouge 2002 Front Label
      Domaine Fournier Sancerre Rouge 2002
      Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
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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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      • 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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        • 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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        • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2002 Front Label
          Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2002
          Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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        • Antonin Rodet Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir 2002
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • Chateau Faugeres  2002 Front Label
            Chateau Faugeres 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2002 Front Label
            Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2002
            Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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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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            • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2002 Front Label
              Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
              • WS90
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            • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
              Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2002
              Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • WS93
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            • Domaine de Nizas Le Mas 2002 Front Label
              Domaine de Nizas Le Mas 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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            • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2002 Front Label
              Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
              • WS91
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            • Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002 Front Label
              Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Potensac  2002 Front Label
              Chateau Potensac 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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            • Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2002 Front Label
              Fortant Merlot (OU Kosher) 2002
              Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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              • Guigal Condrieu 2002
                Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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                • Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                  Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                  • Lanson Gold Label Brut 2002 Front Label
                    Lanson Gold Label Brut 2002
                    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                  • Domaine Leroy Meursault 2002 Front Label
                    Domaine Leroy Meursault 2002
                    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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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                    • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2002
                      Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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