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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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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Olivier Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2018
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016  Front Label
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Coche-Dury Meursault 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Coche-Dury Meursault 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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