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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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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs with Gift Box 2006 Front Label
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs with Gift Box 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 2006
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2006 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2006
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2006
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Perrieres 2006 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Perrieres 2006
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2006 Front Label
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    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2006
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