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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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    Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Nuits-St-Georges 2016  Front Label
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  • Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Blanc 2017
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2017
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    Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2016
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    Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Saint Veran  2017  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Saint Veran 2017
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Les Perrieres  2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Les Perrieres 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Chambolle-Musigny 2015 Front Label
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      Rosé from Rhone, France
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    • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2013 Front Label
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      Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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      Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Clos St Abdon Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2016
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      Hubert Lamy Santenay Clos des Gravieres Premier Cru Rouge 2017
      Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay En Caillerets Premier Cru 2016
      Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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