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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
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2011 Front Label
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011
    Chardonnay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2011
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, 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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  • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2011 Front Label
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2011 Front Label
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert 2011 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert 2011
    Muscat from Alsace, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices  2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2011
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