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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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  • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2006 Front Label
    Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2006
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2006
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2006 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2006
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2006 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2006
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bergey Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bergey Blanc 2006
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2006 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2006
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2006
    Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2006
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Preuses Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Preuses Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Meursault Perrieres Premier Cru 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Meursault Perrieres Premier Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Blanc 2006
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2006
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Verget Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Verget Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Patrick Javillier Meursault Les Clousots 2006 Front Label
    Patrick Javillier Meursault Les Clousots 2006
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  • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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    Joseph Drouhin Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2006
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    William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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