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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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    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc 2009
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  • Joseph Drouhin Pommard 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Pommard 2009
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2009 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2009  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages 2009 Front Label
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    Taittinger Brut Millesime 2009
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  • Selection Laurence Feraud Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret 2009 Front Label
    Selection Laurence Feraud Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Tete de Cru 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Tete de Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Chateau d'Aussieres Corbieres 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Corbieres, Languedoc, South of France, France
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    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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  • Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2009 Front Label
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    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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  • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Front Label
    Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes Hermitage Les Fees Brunes 2009 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes Hermitage Les Fees Brunes 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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  • Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2009 Front Label
    Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2009
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2009 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 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
    Domaine de Nizas Rose 2009
    Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau d'Arlay Cotes du Jura Tradition Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau d'Arlay Cotes du Jura Tradition Blanc 2009
    Other White Blends from Jura, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume 2009 Front Label
    Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume 2009
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2009
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clisson 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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