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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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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2019  Front Label
    Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Brocard Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
      Brocard Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2018
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019  Front Label
      Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019
      Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Chateau Langlet Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
      Chateau Langlet Sauvignon Blanc 2019
      Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
      Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017  Front Label
      Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017
      Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2020  Front Label
      Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2020
      Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017  Front Label
      Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017
      Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Novellum Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Novellum Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Vin de France, France
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      • Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2019  Front Label
        Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2019
        Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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        • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
          Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2019
          Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019  Front Label
          Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2020  Front Label
          Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2020
          Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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          • Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
            Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Jadix Picpoul de Pinet 2019  Front Label
            Jadix Picpoul de Pinet 2019
            Picpoul from Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2018  Front Label
            Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2018
            Other White Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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            • Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
              Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2020
              Sauvignon Blanc from Vin de France, France
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              • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2019
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • Chateau La Freynelle Blanc 2020  Front Label
                Chateau La Freynelle Blanc 2020
                Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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              • Cote des Roses Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Cote des Roses Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                • Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
                  Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2018
                  Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018  Front Label
                    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018
                    Viognier from Rhone, France
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                  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2019  Front Label
                    Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2019
                    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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                  • Biscaye Baie Cotes de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Front Label
                    Biscaye Baie Cotes de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Southwest, France
                    • WW89
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