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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 Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2011 Front Label
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2011 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2011
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2011 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2011
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Fieuzal Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Chateau de Fieuzal Blanc 2011
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2011 Front Label
    Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2011
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2011 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2011
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2011
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc 2011
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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