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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 de la Vougeraie Savigny-les-Beaune Les Marconnets Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Savigny-les-Beaune Les Marconnets Premier Cru 2009
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2009  Front Label
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    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck Label 2009 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck Label 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2009
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2009 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Clos Troteligotte K-Lys Malbec 2009 Front Label
    Clos Troteligotte K-Lys Malbec 2009
    Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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  • Domaine de Nizas Rose 2009 Front Label
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    Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
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    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with Gift Box 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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