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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 Macon Villages 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2018
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2018 Front Label
    Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2018
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      • Gerard Bertrand Perles de Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Front Label
        Gerard Bertrand Perles de Sauvignon Blanc 2018
        Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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        • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2018  Front Label
          Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2018
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2018  Front Label
          Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2018
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2018  Front Label
          Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2018
          Muscat from Alsace, France
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          • Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2018  Front Label
            Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2018
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