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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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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Gewurztraminer 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Gewurztraminer 1997
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Secher Premier Cru 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chablis Secher Premier Cru 1997
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    • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1997
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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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        • Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
          Hugel Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
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          • L'Orval Chardonnay Chasan 1997
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            • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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              • Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
                Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1997
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                • Domaines Schlumberger Sylvaner 1997 Front Label
                  Domaines Schlumberger Sylvaner 1997
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                  • Fortant Sauvignon Blanc 1997 Front Label
                    Fortant Sauvignon Blanc 1997
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                    • Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc 1997 Front Label
                      Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc 1997
                      Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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                      • Louis Latour Saint Veran 1997 Front Label
                        Louis Latour Saint Veran 1997
                        Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                        • Trimbach Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
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                          • Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                            Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 1997
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                            • L'Orval Chardonnay Chasan 1997
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                              • Hugel Classic Riesling 1997 Front Label
                                Hugel Classic Riesling 1997
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                                • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1997 Front Label
                                  Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1997
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                                  • Chateau Turcaud Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 1997
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                                    • Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris 1997 Front Label
                                      Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris 1997
                                      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                                      • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                        Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 1997
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                                        • Josmeyer L'Isabelle 1997
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                                          • M. Picard Dom Perdrix Blanc 1997
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                                            • Louis Latour Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche 1997 Front Label
                                              Louis Latour Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche 1997
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                                              • M. Picard Vouvray 1997
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