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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 Latour Puligny-Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    Olivier Leflaive Meursault (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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    Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Narvaux (375ml half-bottle) 2004
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    Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    Chateau De La Roulerie Coteaux du Layon (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    Paul Blanck Et Fils Classique Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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    Burrier Chateau de Beauregard Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Karine Lauverjat Sancerre (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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    Chateau LaTour-Martillac Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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    Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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