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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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  • Chateau Monbousquet Blanc 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet Blanc 2003
    Bordeaux White Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2003
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2003 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2003
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  • Morey-Blanc Meursault 2003 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2003 Front Label
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    Marsanne from Rhone, France
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    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2003
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance 2003 Front Label
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    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2003
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Domaine Michel Niellon Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2003
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bailly Reverdy Sancerre Chavignol 2003
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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