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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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  • Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut 2008  Front Label
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
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  • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais L'Ancien Vieilles Vignes 2008 Front Label
    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais L'Ancien Vieilles Vignes 2008
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 2008  Front Label
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2008 Front Label
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    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 2008
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 Front Label
    Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
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  • Domaine de Noire Chinon Soif de Tendresse Rouge 2008 Front Label
    Domaine de Noire Chinon Soif de Tendresse Rouge 2008
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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