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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 Nicolas Brunet Vouvray Demi-Sec 2011
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    • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2011
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    • La Craie Vouvray 2011 Front Label
      La Craie Vouvray 2011
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      • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2011 Front Label
        Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2011
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        • Georges Meurgey Vouvray 2011 Front Label
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          • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2011 Front Label
            Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2011
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            • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2011 Front Label
              Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2011
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              • Clos Palet Vouvray 2011 Front Label
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                • Sauvion Vouvray 2011 Front Label
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                • Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2011 Front Label
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                • Gautier Vouvray De Gautier 2011 Front Label
                  Gautier Vouvray De Gautier 2011
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                  • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2011 Front Label
                    Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2011
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                  • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2011 Front Label
                    Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2011
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                  • Chateau de Fesles Bonnezeaux (500ml) 2011 Front Label
                    Chateau de Fesles Bonnezeaux (500ml) 2011
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                    • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2011 Front Label
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                    • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2011 Front Label
                      Marc Bredif Vouvray 2011
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                      • Domaine Gigou Jasnieres Cuvee Clos Saint-Jacques 2011 Front Label
                        Domaine Gigou Jasnieres Cuvee Clos Saint-Jacques 2011
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                        • Maison Mourat Clos Saint Andre 2011 Front Label
                          Maison Mourat Clos Saint Andre 2011
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                          • Pithon-Paille Anjou Mozaik Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
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                            • Domaine Nicolas Brunet Vouvray Sec 2011 Front Label
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                              • Domaine de Belliviere Calligramme Jasnieres 2011 Front Label
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                                • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2011 Front Label
                                  Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2011
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                                  • Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Effusion Blanc 2011 Front Label
                                    Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Effusion Blanc 2011
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                                    • Domaine Patrick Baudouin Savennieres 2011 Front Label
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                                      • Domaine du Clos de L'Epinay Vouvray Cuvee Marcus 2011 Front Label
                                        Domaine du Clos de L'Epinay Vouvray Cuvee Marcus 2011
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