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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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  • Grossot Chablis Vaucoupin Premier Cru 2014 Front Label
    Grossot Chablis Vaucoupin Premier Cru 2014
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2014 Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2014
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc Les Granits 2014
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2014 Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2014
    Rhone White Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2014 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 2014 Front Label
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  • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2014 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2014
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2014
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2014
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    M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
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  • Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2014
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2014
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    Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 2014
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