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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 Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2012
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2012 Front Label
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    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2012 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2012
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kuentz-Bas Riesling Trois Chateaux 2012 Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Riesling Trois Chateaux 2012
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 2012 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 2012
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices  2012 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2012 Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2012
    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2012 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2012
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2012 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2012
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2012 Front Label
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru Riesling 2012 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru Riesling 2012
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2012 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2012
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon Premier Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2012 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2012
    Chardonnay from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012 Front Label
    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 2012 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 2012
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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