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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 Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2012
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  • Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2012 Front Label
    Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2012
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      Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos de Mosny 2012
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        • Sauvion Vouvray 2012 Front Label
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            • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2012 Front Label
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              • Domaine des Lauriers Vouvray Sec 2012 Front Label
                Domaine des Lauriers Vouvray Sec 2012
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                • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Demi-sec 2012 Front Label
                  Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Demi-sec 2012
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                  • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2012 Front Label
                    Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2012
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                    • Domaine de la Gaverie Vouvray Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
                      Domaine de la Gaverie Vouvray Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc 2012
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                    • La Craie Vouvray 2012 Front Label
                      La Craie Vouvray 2012
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                      • Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2012 Front Label
                        Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2012
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                        • Marc Bredif Vouvray (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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                        • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                          Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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                        • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2012 Front Label
                          Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2012
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                        • Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2012 Front Label
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                        • Gautier Vouvray Argilex 2012 Front Label
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                            Philippe Foreau Vouvray Clos Naudin Sec 2012
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                              Prima Vinae Vouvray Maison Michel Picard 2012
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                                Chateau De La Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2012
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                                  Chateau de Parnay Clos d'Entre Les Murs Blanc 2012
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                                    Domaine Gauletteries Jasnieres Le Tradition 2012
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