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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 Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2005
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Albert Bichot Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru 2005
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2005
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2005
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2005 Front Label
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Les Vaudesirs 2005 Front Label
    Albert Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Les Vaudesirs 2005
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune-Theurons 2005 Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru 2005 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Dujac Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru 2005 Front Label
    Domaine Dujac Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru 2005
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2005
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2005 Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2005
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
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  • Vincent Dauvissat Chablis La Forest 2005 Front Label
    Vincent Dauvissat Chablis La Forest 2005
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2005  Front Label
    Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2005
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2005
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Premier Cru Monopole 2005 Front Label
    Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Premier Cru Monopole 2005
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
    Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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  • Domaine Henri Boillot Montrachet Grand Cru 2005  Front Label
    Domaine Henri Boillot Montrachet Grand Cru 2005
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    Domaine Leroy Vosne Romanee les Beaux Monts 2005
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2005
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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