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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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    • Hugel Gentil 2001 Front Label
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        • Remy Pannier Sancerre 2001 Front Label
          Remy Pannier Sancerre 2001
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            • Jean-Paul Droin Vaudesir Chablis Grand Cru 2001 Front Label
              Jean-Paul Droin Vaudesir Chablis Grand Cru 2001
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              • La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2001 Front Label
                La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2001
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                • Laboure Roi Macon Villages 2001 Front Label
                  Laboure Roi Macon Villages 2001
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                  • Jean-Paul Droin Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2001 Front Label
                    Jean-Paul Droin Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2001
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                    • L'Orval Chardonnay Chasan 2001
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                      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu 2001 Front Label
                        Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu 2001
                        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                      • Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2001 Front Label
                        Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2001
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                      • Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Vendages Tardives (375ML half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
                        Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Vendages Tardives (375ML half-bottle) 2001
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                        • L'Orval Chardonnay 2001
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                          • Hugues Beaulieu Cave de Pomerol Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Front Label
                            Hugues Beaulieu Cave de Pomerol Sauvignon Blanc 2001
                            Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                                • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2001 Front Label
                                  Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2001
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                                      • Domaine de la Condemine Le Clou Macon-Peronne 2001 Front Label
                                        Domaine de la Condemine Le Clou Macon-Peronne 2001
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                                        • Chateau La Roque Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc 2001
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                                            • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2001 Front Label
                                              Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2001
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