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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 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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        • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Premier Cru (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Chablis Premier Cru (half-bottle) 2000
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          • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2000
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            • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse (half-bottle) 2000
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              • Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 2000
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                • Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 2000
                  Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                  • Joseph Drouhin Meursault (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                    Joseph Drouhin Meursault (half-bottle) 2000
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                    • Trimbach Gewurztraminer (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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                    • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre (half-bottle) 2000
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                      • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                        Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet (half-bottle) 2000
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                        • Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 2000
                          Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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                        • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                          Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2000
                          Riesling from Alsace, France
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                        • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec (375ML half-bottle) 2000
                          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                          • Domaine Leflaive St. Aubin Remilly (half-bottle) 2000
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                          • Hugel Gewurztraminer (half-bottle) 2000
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                            • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                              Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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                              • Laboure Roi Pouilly-Fuisse (Medal Label half-bottle) 2000
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                                • Louis Latour Meursault Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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                                  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2000
                                    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                                  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                                    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc (half-bottle) 2000
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                                    • Henri Bourgeois Grande Reserve Sancerre (half-bottle) 2000
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                                      • Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet (half-bottle) 2000
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                                        • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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