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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 des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Hugues Beaulieu Cave de Pomerol Sauvignon Blanc 2002
    Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Clos du Papillon Savennieres 2002
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  • Louis Jadot Meursault 2002 Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2002 Front Label
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2002 Front Label
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Vaillons 2002 Front Label
    Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Vaillons 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Colin-Deleger Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Colin-Deleger Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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