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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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  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2008 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Gerard Bertrand Chateau l'Hospitalet Blanc 2008
    Rhone White Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2008
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    • Brocard Vaulorent Chablis 2008 Front Label
      Brocard Vaulorent Chablis 2008
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    • Domaine Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2008 Front Label
      Domaine Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2008
      Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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    • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2008 Front Label
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      • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
        Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2008
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      • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Zind-Humbrecht Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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      • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
        Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2008
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      • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2008 Front Label
        Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2008
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        Domaine Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray Abbaye de Marmoutier Clos de Rougemont 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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