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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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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2016
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Premier Cru Monopole  2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Premier Cru Monopole 2016
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2016
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2016 Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2016
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Domaine des Heritiers  2016 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Domaine des Heritiers 2016
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau LaTour-Martillac Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau LaTour-Martillac Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2016
    Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc Premier Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc Premier Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2016  Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Olivier Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Olivier Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Meursault (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Meursault (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts Premier Cru 2016  Front Label
    Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts Premier Cru 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2016 Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Le Tesson 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Le Tesson 2016
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Albert Bichot Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc Domaine du Pavillon 2016 Front Label
    Albert Bichot Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc Domaine du Pavillon 2016
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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