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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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    Lucien Le Moine Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint Jacques Premier Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees Premier Cru 2012
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    Lucien Le Moine Volnay Brouillards Premier Cru 2012
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    Chateau La Dominique 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Lucien Le Moine Pommard Clos de Verger Premier Cru 2012
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    Chateau Haut-Brion 2012
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    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton Les Perrieres Grand Cru 2012
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    Marchand-Tawse Chambertin Grand Cru 2012
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    Domaine Dujac Fils & Pere Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru 2012
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    Chandon de Briailles Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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