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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 Pinson Freres Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2005  Front Label
    Domaine Pinson Freres Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2005
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Clos des Hospices Grand Cru 2005  Front Bottle Shot
      Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Clos des Hospices Grand Cru 2005
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2005 Front Label
        Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2005
        Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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      • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2005 Front Label
        Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2005
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        • Christian Moreau Chablis 2005 Front Label
          Christian Moreau Chablis 2005
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          • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
            Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2005
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            • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2005 Front Label
              Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2005
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              • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2005 Front Label
                Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2005
                Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Vaudesirs Grand Cru Domaine Long-Depaquit 2005
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                  • Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc Kritt 2005 Front Label
                    Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc Kritt 2005
                    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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                  • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Lys Premier Cru Domaine Long-Depaquit 2005  Front Label
                    Albert Bichot Chablis Les Lys Premier Cru Domaine Long-Depaquit 2005
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                    • Albert Bichot Chablis Domaine Long-Depaquit Moutonne Grand Cru Monopole 2005  Front Label
                      Albert Bichot Chablis Domaine Long-Depaquit Moutonne Grand Cru Monopole 2005
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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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                      • Chereau Carre Muscadet Comte Leloup de Chasseloir Centenaires 2005 Front Label
                        Chereau Carre Muscadet Comte Leloup de Chasseloir Centenaires 2005
                        Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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                      • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Buisson-Renard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
                        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 Front Label
                        Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
                        Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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                      • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
                        Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
                        Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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