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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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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2005
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Fremieres 2005  Front Label
    Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Fremieres 2005
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Nicolas Potel Echezeaux 2005 Front Label
      Nicolas Potel Echezeaux 2005
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Maison Champy Savigny-les-Beaune Les Peuillets 2005 Front Label
      Maison Champy Savigny-les-Beaune Les Peuillets 2005
      Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Chateau Rayas Chateaneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2005 Front Label
        Chateau Rayas Chateaneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2005
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • Domaine de Montille Volnay Carelle Sous la Chapelle Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
        Domaine de Montille Volnay Carelle Sous la Chapelle Premier Cru 2005
        Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Georges Vernay Saint-Joseph La Dame Brune 2005 Front Label
          Georges Vernay Saint-Joseph La Dame Brune 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        • Domaine Cecile Tremblay Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2005 Front Label
          Domaine Cecile Tremblay Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2005
          Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2005 Front Label
          Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Buisson-Renard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Buisson-Renard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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