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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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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2000  Front Label
    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2000
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2000 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2000
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc Bennwihr 2000 Front Label
    Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc Bennwihr 2000
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2000
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Puligny-Montrachet 2000
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Dopff & Irion Crustaces 2000 Front Label
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    Other White Blends from Alsace, France
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  • Trimbach Ribeaupierre Gewurztraminer 2000 Front Label
    Trimbach Ribeaupierre Gewurztraminer 2000
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg Gewurztraminer 2000
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  • Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 2000
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2000 Front Label
    Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2000
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault-Charmes Premier Cru 2000 Front Label
    Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault-Charmes Premier Cru 2000
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2000 Front Label
    Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2000
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Folatieres 2000
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Marcel Deiss Riesling Altenberg de Bergheim 2000 Front Label
    Marcel Deiss Riesling Altenberg de Bergheim 2000
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Turckheim 2000 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Turckheim 2000
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 2000 Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 2000
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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