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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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  • Chateau Olivier Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Olivier Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Philippe Delesvaux Coteaux du Layon (500ML) 2005 Front Label
    Philippe Delesvaux Coteaux du Layon (500ML) 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 2005 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 2005
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2005
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Meursault 2005 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2005
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Y 2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine (1.5L) 2005 Front Label
    Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine (1.5L) 2005
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Jean Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet Clos des Chevaliers Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
    Domaine Jean Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet Clos des Chevaliers Grand Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Buisson-Renard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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    Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes (375ml half-bottle) 2005
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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