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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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  • J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018  Front Label
    J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
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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
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  • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2018
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018
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  • Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault 2018  Front Label
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    William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2018  Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Beugnons Premier Cru Domaine Long-Depaquit 2018  Front Label
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Lys Premier Cru Domaine Long-Depaquit  2018  Front Label
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  • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Marconnets Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau des Quarts Pouilly-Fuisse Clos des Quarts Monopole 2018  Front Label
    Chateau des Quarts Pouilly-Fuisse Clos des Quarts Monopole 2018
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Billaud-Simon Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Billaud-Simon Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2018
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018
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    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2018
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  • Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault En La Barre 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault En La Barre 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018
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    Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Hommage a Jean Ferte 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2018
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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