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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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  • Francois Pinon Les Trois Argiles Vouvray 2017 Front Label
    Francois Pinon Les Trois Argiles Vouvray 2017
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Catherine & Pierre Breton Vouvray La Dilettante 2017 Front Label
      Catherine & Pierre Breton Vouvray La Dilettante 2017
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      • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Chateau De La Roulerie Anjou Blanc 2017 Front Label
        Chateau De La Roulerie Anjou Blanc 2017
        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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        • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2017 Front Label
          Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2017
          Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2017  Front Label
            Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2017
            Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2017 Front Label
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            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2017 Front Label
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            • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2017  Front Label
              Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2017
              Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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            • Domaine de L'Enchantoir Saumur Terres Blanches 2017 Front Label
              Domaine de L'Enchantoir Saumur Terres Blanches 2017
              Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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              • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2017  Front Label
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              • Francois Chidaine Montlouis Clos Breuil 2017  Front Label
                Francois Chidaine Montlouis Clos Breuil 2017
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                • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2017 Front Label
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                • Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
                  Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec (375ML half-bottle) 2017
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                • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Venise 2017  Front Label
                  Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Venise 2017
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                  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2017 Front Label
                    Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2017
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                  • Francois Pinon Silex Noir 2017  Front Label
                    Francois Pinon Silex Noir 2017
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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