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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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo La Violette Viognier 2003 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo La Violette Viognier 2003
    Viognier from Languedoc, South of France, France
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    • Laville Pavillon Blanc 2003 Front Label
      Laville Pavillon Blanc 2003
      Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Fat Bastard Sauvignon Blanc 2003 Front Label
        Fat Bastard Sauvignon Blanc 2003
        Sauvignon Blanc from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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        • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2003 Front Label
          Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2003
          Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Fleur 2003 Front Label
            Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Fleur 2003
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            • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny 2003 Front Label
              Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny 2003
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2003 Front Label
                Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2003
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                • Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Chardonnay Reserve 2003 Front Label
                  Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Chardonnay Reserve 2003
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2003 Front Label
                    Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2003
                    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                    • Chateau Le Devoy Martine Lirac Blanc 2003 Front Label
                      Chateau Le Devoy Martine Lirac Blanc 2003
                      Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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                      • Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc 2003 Front Label
                        Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc 2003
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                        • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Referts 2003 Front Label
                          Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Referts 2003
                          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                          • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2003 Front Label
                            Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2003
                            Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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                          • Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes Premier Cru 2003 Front Label
                            Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes Premier Cru 2003
                            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                          • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2003 Front Label
                            Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2003
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                            • Barton & Guestier Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                              Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                              • La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2003 Front Label
                                La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2003
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                                • Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet 2003
                                  Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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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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                                • L'Orval Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                                  L'Orval Chardonnay 2003
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                                  • Barton & Guestier Sauvignon Blanc 2003 Front Label
                                    Barton & Guestier Sauvignon Blanc 2003
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                                    • Dopff & Irion Riesling 2003 Front Label
                                      Dopff & Irion Riesling 2003
                                      Riesling from Alsace, France
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                                      • Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc 2003
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                                        • Pierre Sparr Alsace One 2003 Front Label
                                          Pierre Sparr Alsace One 2003
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                                          • Dopff & Irion Crustaces 2003
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