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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 Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Billaud-Simon Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Billaud-Simon Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Matrot Meursault Les Chevalieres (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Matrot Meursault Les Chevalieres (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Matrot Meursault (375ML Half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Matrot Puligny-Montrachet Les Chalumeaux Premier Cru (375ML Half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Domaine Matrot Puligny-Montrachet Les Chalumeaux Premier Cru (375ML Half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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