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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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  • Jean-Philippe Fichet Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
    Jean-Philippe Fichet Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Hubert Lamy Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles Premier Cru 2017
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    Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
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    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Pommard 2017 Front Label
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Clos St Abdon Premier Cru  2017  Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Pommard Les Rugiens Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee 2017
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Montmains Domaine Long-Depaquit Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Chablis Montmains Domaine Long-Depaquit Premier Cru 2017
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  • Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
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  • Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017  Front Label
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  • Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse 2017 Front Label
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis  2017 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis 2017
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Fixin Clos de la Perriere Premier Cru Monopole 2017  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Fixin Clos de la Perriere Premier Cru Monopole 2017
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Clos des Prouges 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Clos des Prouges 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Benjamin Leroux Meursault La Piece Sous le Bois Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Benjamin Leroux Meursault La Piece Sous le Bois Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St. Jacques Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Benjamin Leroux Volnay Clos de la Cave des Ducs Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Benjamin Leroux Volnay Clos de la Cave des Ducs Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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