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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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  • Domaine Pinson Freres Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2005  Front Label
    Domaine Pinson Freres Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
    Albert Bichot Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru 2005
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  • Alex Gambal Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005  Front Label
    Alex Gambal Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2005 Front Label
      Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2005
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet La Quintessence 2005 Front Label
      Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet La Quintessence 2005
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Josmeyer Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
        Josmeyer Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2005
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      • Albert Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Les Vaudesirs 2005 Front Label
        Albert Bichot Chablis Grand Cru Les Vaudesirs 2005
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      • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
        Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly Premier Cru 2005
        Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
          Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2005
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        • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2005 Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2005
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang 2005 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang 2005
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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        • Domaine Henri Boillot Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2005
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          • Olivier Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2005
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            • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
              Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
              Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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            • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2005 Front Label
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            • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru 2005 Front Label
              Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru 2005
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Simon Bize et Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Vergelesses Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
              Simon Bize et Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Vergelesses Premier Cru 2005
              Chardonnay from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2005 Front Label
              Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2005
              Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine Jean Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet Clos des Chevaliers Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
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              Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Buisson-Renard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
              Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Buisson-Renard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
              Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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            • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
              Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
              Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Henri Boillot Montrachet Grand Cru 2005  Front Label
              Domaine Henri Boillot Montrachet Grand Cru 2005
              Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
              Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
              Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Weinbach Cuvee Laurence Gewurztraminer Altenbourg (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
              Domaine Weinbach Cuvee Laurence Gewurztraminer Altenbourg (375ML half-bottle) 2005
              Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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            • Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2005 Front Label
              Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2005
              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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