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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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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Drappier Carte d'Or Brut  Front Label
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  • J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018  Front Label
    J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Drappier Brut Nature  Front Label
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  • Philipponnat Royale Reserve Brut  Front Label
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  • Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse La Croix Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse La Croix Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2014 Front Label
    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2014
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault 2018  Front Label
    Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Vau de Vey Premier Cru Chablis 2019  Front Bottle Shot
    Brocard Vau de Vey Premier Cru Chablis 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2015  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry Crausot Premier Cru Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry Crausot Premier Cru Blanc 2014
    Chardonnay from Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Drappier Carte d'Or Brut (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Drappier Carte d'Or Brut (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Bernard Moreau St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Bernard Moreau St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2016
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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