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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 Metaireau Muscadet Black Label Sur Lie 2007 Front Label
    Louis Metaireau Muscadet Black Label Sur Lie 2007
    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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    • Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2007 Front Label
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    • Sauvion Sevre Et Maine Muscadet 2007 Front Label
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    • Luneau-Papin Muscadet Le L d'Or 2007 Front Label
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    • Domaine de la Coche Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie La Salle aux Fees 2007 Front Label
      Domaine de la Coche Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie La Salle aux Fees 2007
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      • Guilbaud Freres Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Le Soleil Nantais 2007 Front Label
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        • Veronique Gunther Chereau Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Chateau du Coing de Saint Fiacre Sur Lie 2007 Front Label
          Veronique Gunther Chereau Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Chateau du Coing de Saint Fiacre Sur Lie 2007
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          • Chateau de L'Oiseliniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Les Grands Gats 2007 Front Label
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