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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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  • Patient Cottat Sancerre Anciennes Vignes 2018  Front Label
    Patient Cottat Sancerre Anciennes Vignes 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2018  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2018
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
      Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
      Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2018  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2018
      Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Fournier Sancerre Les Belles Vignes 2018  Front Label
      Domaine Fournier Sancerre Les Belles Vignes 2018
      Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2018 Front Label
      Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2018
      Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018 Front Label
      Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis 2018  Front Label
      Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis 2018
      Chardonnay from Petit Chablis, Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017  Front Label
      Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017
      Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    • Novellum Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Novellum Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Vin de France, France
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    • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
      Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • RP92
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    • William Fevre Chablis Domaine 2018  Front Label
      William Fevre Chablis Domaine 2018
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Trimbach Riesling 2016 Front Label
      Trimbach Riesling 2016
      Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • Chateau de Sancerre Blanc 2018  Front Label
      Chateau de Sancerre Blanc 2018
      Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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      • La Chablisienne Pas Si Petit Petit Chablis 2018  Front Label
        La Chablisienne Pas Si Petit Petit Chablis 2018
        Chardonnay from Petit Chablis, Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2018  Front Label
          M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2018
          Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
          Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017
          Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Michel Redde Sancerre Les Tuilieres 2018  Front Label
          Michel Redde Sancerre Les Tuilieres 2018
          Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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          • La Chapelle du Bastion Picpoul de Pinet 2019  Front Label
            La Chapelle du Bastion Picpoul de Pinet 2019
            Picpoul from Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, South of France, France
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            • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
              Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2018
              Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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            • Durand Reserve Sancerre 2018  Front Label
              Durand Reserve Sancerre 2018
              Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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              • Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon 2018 Front Label
                Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon 2018
                Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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              • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Blanc 2018
                Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau d'Aussieres Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                  Chateau d'Aussieres Chardonnay 2018
                  Chardonnay from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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