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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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  • Denis Marchais Vouvray (half-bottle) 1998
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1998
      Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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      • Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
        Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1998
        Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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        • Dom. Grand Maison Mademoiselle (half-bottle) 1998
          Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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          • Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
            Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1998
            Riesling from Alsace, France
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            • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 1998
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • Hugel Gewurztraminer (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                Hugel Gewurztraminer (half-bottle) 1998
                Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                • Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 1998
                  Riesling from Alsace, France
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                  • M. Chapoutier Muscat de Rivesaltes (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                    M. Chapoutier Muscat de Rivesaltes (half-bottle) 1998
                    Muscat from Rhone, France
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                    • Mouton Cadet Blanc (half-bottle) 1998
                      Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                      • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                        Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML half-bottle) 1998
                        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                        • Laboure Roi Meursault Blanc (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                          Laboure Roi Meursault Blanc (half-bottle) 1998
                          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                          • Dom. Grand Maison Monsieur (half-bottle) 1998
                            Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                            • Kuentz-Bas Tokay Pinot Gris Cuvee Tradition (half-bottle) 1998
                              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                              • Trimbach Gewurztraminer (375ML half-bottle) 1998
                                Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                                • Chateau de Fesles F de Fesles (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                                  Chateau de Fesles F de Fesles (half-bottle) 1998
                                  Other White Blends from Loire, France
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                                  • Chartron et Trebuchet Rully La Chaume (half-bottle) 1998
                                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                                    • Marc Tempe Gewurztraminer Mambourg SGN S (half-bottle) 1998
                                      Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                                      • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1998
                                        Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                                        • Zind-Humbrecht SGN Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                                          Zind-Humbrecht SGN Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1998
                                          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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