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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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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 1997 Front Label
    Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 1997
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1997 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1997
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic-Emile Riesling 1997
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  • Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose 1997 Front Label
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  • Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Cuvee Madame (500 ML) 1997 Front Label
    Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Cuvee Madame (500 ML) 1997
    Fruit Wine from Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 1997
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 1997 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 1997
    Fruit Wine from Loire, France
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  • Chateau de Pez Saint-Estephe (half-bottle) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Moulin-a-Vent 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Moulin-a-Vent 1997
    Gamay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1997
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Jubilee Reserve Personelle Riesling 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Hommage Riesling (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Hommage Riesling (half-bottle) 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Hommage Tokay Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Hommage Tokay Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1997
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Premier Cru  1997 Front Label
    Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Premier Cru 1997
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Hugel Hommage Tokay Pinot Gris 1997
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Antonin Rodet Meursault 1997
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1997 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1997
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Hugel Hommage Riesling 1997 Front Label
    Hugel Hommage Riesling 1997
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg Gewurztraminer 1997
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 1997 Front Label
    Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 1997
    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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    Josmeyer Les Folastries Gewurztraminer 1997
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
    Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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