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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 Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Didier Dagueneau Jurancon Les Jardins de Babylone 2012 Front Label
    Didier Dagueneau Jurancon Les Jardins de Babylone 2012
    Other White Wine from Southwest, France
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    • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2012 Front Label
      Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2012
      Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Maison de Montille Bourgogne Blanc 2012 Front Label
      Maison de Montille Bourgogne Blanc 2012
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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      • Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2012 Front Label
        Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2012
        Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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      • Maison de Montille Rully Blanc 2012 Front Label
        Maison de Montille Rully Blanc 2012
        Chardonnay from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Les Perrieres 2012 Front Label
          Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Les Perrieres 2012
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Mischief and Mayhem Puligny-Montrachet 2012 Front Label
          Mischief and Mayhem Puligny-Montrachet 2012
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc 2012 Front Label
          Domaine Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc 2012
          Chardonnay from Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012 Front Label
            Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012
            Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Domaine Emile Beyer Riesling Cuvee de l'Hostellerie 2012 Front Label
            Domaine Emile Beyer Riesling Cuvee de l'Hostellerie 2012
            Riesling from Alsace, France
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            • Maison de Montille Pernand-Verglesses Blanc 2012 Front Label
              Maison de Montille Pernand-Verglesses Blanc 2012
              Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Maison de Montille Montagny Les Coeres Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
                Maison de Montille Montagny Les Coeres Premier Cru 2012
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                • Louis Latour Meursault Goutte d'Or 2012 Front Label
                  Louis Latour Meursault Goutte d'Or 2012
                  Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine de Villaine Cote Chalonnaise Les Clous Aime Blanc 2012
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2012 Front Label
                    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2012
                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                    • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Combettes 2012 Front Label
                      Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Combettes 2012
                      Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                    • Maison de Montille Montagny Les Coeres Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
                      Maison de Montille Montagny Les Coeres Premier Cru 2012
                      Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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                      • Jean-Claude Boisset Saint-Aubin Sur Gamay Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
                        Jean-Claude Boisset Saint-Aubin Sur Gamay Premier Cru 2012
                        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                        • Jean-Claude Boisset St. Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2012 Front Label
                          Jean-Claude Boisset St. Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2012
                          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                          • Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2012 Front Label
                            Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2012
                            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                          • Domaine Emile Beyer Pinot Gris Cuvee de l'Hostellerie 2012 Front Label
                            Domaine Emile Beyer Pinot Gris Cuvee de l'Hostellerie 2012
                            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                          • M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 2012 Front Label
                            M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 2012
                            Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                          • Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2012 Front Label
                            Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2012
                            Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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                          • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Boudriotte 2012 Front Label
                            Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Boudriotte 2012
                            Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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