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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 Dublere Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Dublere Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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  • Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Henri Boillot Beaune Premier Cru Clos Du Roi 2009 Front Label
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009 Front Label
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Corvees Pagets Premier Cru 2009
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Gevrey-Chambertin 2009 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru 2009
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  • Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2009 Front Label
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2009 Front Label
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    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Chapelot Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Dujac Gevrey Chambertin 2009 Front Label
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    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton Les Perrieres Grand Cru 2009
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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