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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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        Pierre Sparr Alsace One 2002
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          Laboure Roi Puligny Montrachet 2002
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            Duboeuf Chardonnay 2002
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              • Jean Manciat Macon Charnay Franclieu 2002 Front Label
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                • Boudin Chablis 2002
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                  • Denis Marchais Vouvray 2002
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                    • Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet 2002
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                      Hugues Beaulieu Cave de Pomerol Sauvignon Blanc 2002
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                    • Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002 Front Label
                      Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002
                      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                    • Trimbach Riesling 2002 Front Label
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                        De Lalande Sauvignon Blanc 2002
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                        • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2002 Front Label
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                              Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                                      Laboure Roi Chardonnay 2002
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                                      • Lamblin et Fils Chablis Ac 2002
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                                        • Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2002
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