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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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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Premier Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Terroir d'Alsace Riesling 2010 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Terroir d'Alsace Riesling 2010
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010  Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Dublere Meursault Les Crotets 2010  Front Label
    Domaine Dublere Meursault Les Crotets 2010
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Selection Saint-Joseph White Celeste 2010 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Selection Saint-Joseph White Celeste 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Puligny-Montrachet 2010 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Puligny-Montrachet 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Marc Tempe Zellenberg Pinot Blanc 2010 Front Label
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Meursault 2010 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Meursault 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2010 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2010
    Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2010 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jaboulet Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers 2010 Front Label
    Jaboulet Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers 2010
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2010  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2010
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Dublere Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
      Domaine Dublere Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2010
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Lucien Le Moine Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
      Lucien Le Moine Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang 2010 Front Label
      Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang 2010
      Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Meix Chavaux (Denys Brunel) 2010 Front Label
      Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Meix Chavaux (Denys Brunel) 2010
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2010 Front Label
      Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2010
      Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
      Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret Premier Cru 2010
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2010 Front Label
        Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2010
        Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2010 Front Label
        Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2010
        Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          Louis Jadot Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru 2010
          Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2010 Front Label
          Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2010
          Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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