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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 Santa Duc Prestige des Hautes Garrigues Gigondas 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Santa Duc Prestige des Hautes Garrigues Gigondas 2011
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    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu 2011
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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2011 Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2011 Front Label
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices  2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Prestige 2011 Front Label
    Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Prestige 2011
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  • Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes 2011 Front Label
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    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2011 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2011
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2011
    Other White Wine from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011
    Chardonnay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2011 Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Corbieres, Languedoc, South of France, France
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    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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