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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 de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2006 Front Label
    Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2006
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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    • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2006 Front Label
      Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2006
      Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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      • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2006 Front Label
        Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2006
        Riesling from Alsace, France
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      • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006 Front Label
        Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006
        Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • Christian Moreau Chablis 2006 Front Label
        Christian Moreau Chablis 2006
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006 Front Label
          Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006
          Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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        • Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2006 Front Label
          Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2006
          Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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