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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 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2016
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  • Chateau Bonnet Blanc 2016 Front Label
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  • Chateau Laulerie Bergerac Blanc 2016 Front Label
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    • Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2016 Front Label
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    • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2016
      Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Clos Marsalette Blanc 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Clos Marsalette Blanc 2016
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    • Chateau Ferran Blanc 2016  Front Label
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      Chateau Les Charmes-Godard Blanc 2016
      Bordeaux White Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Magrez Fombrauge Blanc 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Magrez Fombrauge Blanc 2016
      Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2016
      Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Haut Rian Blanc 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Haut Rian Blanc 2016
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      • Chateau Toutigeac Blanc 2016 Front Label
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      • Chateau Respide Medeville Blanc 2016 Front Label
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        • Petite Sirene Blanc 2016 Front Label
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        • Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2016 Front Label
          Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2016
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          Bordeaux White Blends from Southwest, France
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          • Chateau Marjosse Blanc 2016  Front Label
            Chateau Marjosse Blanc 2016
            Bordeaux White Blends from Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau des Mille Anges Cuvee Royale Blanc 2016 Front Label
            Chateau des Mille Anges Cuvee Royale Blanc 2016
            Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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              Chateau La Freynelle Blanc 2016
              Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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