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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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  • La Craie Vouvray 2018  Front Label
    La Craie Vouvray 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Sauvion Vouvray 2020  Front Label
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      • Laffourcade Savennieres 2018  Front Label
        Laffourcade Savennieres 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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        • Pascal Janvier Jasnieres 2020  Front Label
          Pascal Janvier Jasnieres 2020
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          • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2019  Front Label
            Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2019
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2020  Front Label
            Marc Bredif Vouvray 2020
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            • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2019  Front Label
              Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2019
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            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2018  Front Label
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              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 2020  Front Label
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            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu 2019  Front Label
              Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu 2019
              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Catherine & Pierre Breton Vouvray La Dilettante 2020  Front Label
              Catherine & Pierre Breton Vouvray La Dilettante 2020
              Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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              • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2018  Front Label
                Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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              • Thierry Germain Saumur Blanc l'Echelier 2019  Front Label
                Thierry Germain Saumur Blanc l'Echelier 2019
                Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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              • Champalou Vouvray La Cuvee des Fondraux 2020  Front Label
                Champalou Vouvray La Cuvee des Fondraux 2020
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