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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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  • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2010 Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2010
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Chereau Carre Muscadet Comte Leloup de Chasseloir Centenaires 2010 Front Label
      Chereau Carre Muscadet Comte Leloup de Chasseloir Centenaires 2010
      Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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      • Louis SIPP Nature'S Pinot Gris 2010 Front Label
        Louis SIPP Nature'S Pinot Gris 2010
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        • Domaine Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2010 Front Label
          Domaine Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2010
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          • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2010
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            • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2010 Front Label
              Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2010
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              • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2010 Front Label
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                • Pascal Lambert Chinon Les Chesnaies 2010 Front Label
                  Pascal Lambert Chinon Les Chesnaies 2010
                  Chenin Blanc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2010 Front Label
                    Christian Moreau Chablis 2010
                    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                    • Domaine Cazes Le Canon du Marechal 2010 Front Label
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                      Other White Blends from South of France, France
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                      • Novellum Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                        Novellum Chardonnay 2010
                        Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                      • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2010 Front Label
                        Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2010
                        Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                      • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2010 Front Label
                        Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2010
                        Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                      • Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2010 Front Label
                        Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2010
                        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                      • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2010 Front Label
                        Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2010
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                        • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2010 Front Label
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                          • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres 2010 Front Label
                            Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres 2010
                            Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                          • Domaine de la Vougeraie Cote de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches Blanc 2010 Front Label
                            Domaine de la Vougeraie Cote de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches Blanc 2010
                            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                          • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010 Front Label
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                            Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                          • Domaine du Fresche Anjou Blanc 2010 Front Label
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                            • Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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                              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                            • Aurelien Verdet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Le Prieure Blanc 2010 Front Label
                              Aurelien Verdet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Le Prieure Blanc 2010
                              Chardonnay from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                              • Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
                                Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2010
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                                • Domaine Vigneau Chevreau Cuvee Silex Sec Vouvray 2010 Front Label
                                  Domaine Vigneau Chevreau Cuvee Silex Sec Vouvray 2010
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