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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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  • Leon Beyer Pinot Gris 2017  Front Label
    Leon Beyer Pinot Gris 2017
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Patrice Rion Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patrice Rion Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Blanc 2017  Front Label
      Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Blanc 2017
      Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Jean et Sebastien Dauvissat Chablis Les Sechets Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Jean et Sebastien Dauvissat Chablis Les Sechets Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Delmas Cuvee Memoire 2017  Front Label
      Delmas Cuvee Memoire 2017
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Limoux, Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Premier Cru 2017
        Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Huber-Verdereau Volnay Les Robardelles 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Huber-Verdereau Volnay Les Robardelles 2017
        Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Alain Gras Saint-Romain Blanc 2017  Front Label
          Alain Gras Saint-Romain Blanc 2017
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet La Grande Montagne Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
            Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet La Grande Montagne Premier Cru 2017
            Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Dom. Pierre Labet Beaune Clos du Dessus des Marconnets Blanc 2017  Front Label
            Dom. Pierre Labet Beaune Clos du Dessus des Marconnets Blanc 2017
            Chardonnay from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
              Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2017
              Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Hospices de Beaune Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières Cuvée Philippe le Bon (Le Moine) 2017  Front Label
              Hospices de Beaune Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières Cuvée Philippe le Bon (Le Moine) 2017
              Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Domaine Follin-Arbelet Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
                Domaine Follin-Arbelet Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017
                Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
                Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2017
                Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Sine Qua Non Chimere Chateauneuf-du-Pape (OWC - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
                Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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