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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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  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1997
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Dom. Albert Belle Crozes Hermitage Blanc 1997
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      • Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1997
        Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 1997 Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 1997
        Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Jaboulet Chateauneuf du-Pape Blanc Les Cedres 1997 Front Label
          Jaboulet Chateauneuf du-Pape Blanc Les Cedres 1997
          Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc Deschants 1997 Front Label
            M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc Deschants 1997
            Rhone White Blends from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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            • Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 1997 Front Label
              Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 1997
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            • Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 1997 Front Label
              Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 1997
              Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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              • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 1997 Front Label
                M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 1997
                Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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                • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1997
                  Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
                    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
                    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 1997  Front Label
                    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 1997
                    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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