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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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  • Lucien Le Moine Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Lucien Le Moine Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2010 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine M & S Ogier Cote Rotie 2010 Front Label
    Domaine M & S Ogier Cote Rotie 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton Les Perrieres Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton Les Perrieres Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Coeur de Roy Tres Vieilles Vignes 2010 Front Label
    Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Coeur de Roy Tres Vieilles Vignes 2010
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2010  Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
    Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dom. Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Dom. Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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