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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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  • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Domaine (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Domaine (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2018
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    • Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
      Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2018
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      • Billaud-Simon Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
        Billaud-Simon Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018
        Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Louis Latour Meursault Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
          Louis Latour Meursault Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2018
          Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Olivier Leflaive Meursault (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
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          • Vocoret Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
            Vocoret Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2018
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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            • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
              Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 2018
              Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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              • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages (375ml half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages (375ml half-bottle) 2018
                Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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              • Hugel Classic Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                Hugel Classic Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                Riesling from Alsace, France
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                • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                  Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                  Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault-Charmes Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                  Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault-Charmes Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                  Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                  Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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                • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                  Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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                • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montmain Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                  Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montmain Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018
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                • Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                  Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                  Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                    Dom. Bernard Defaix Cotes de Lechet Chablis Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                    Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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