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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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  • Kuentz-Bas Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg 2015  Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg 2015
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2015 Front Label
    Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Chene Bleu Aliot 2015  Front Label
    Chene Bleu Aliot 2015
    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
      Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2015
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Albert Boxler Riesling Grand Cru Brand 2015  Front Label
      Albert Boxler Riesling Grand Cru Brand 2015
      Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru 2015
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Henri Clerc Meursault 2015  Front Label
      Henri Clerc Meursault 2015
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2015 Front Label
        Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2015
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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      • Francois Rousset-Martin Cotes du Jura Cuvee de Professeur Sous-Roche Savagnin 2015  Front Label
        Francois Rousset-Martin Cotes du Jura Cuvee de Professeur Sous-Roche Savagnin 2015
        Savagnin from Jura, France
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        • Schieferkopf Riesling Via Saint-Jacques 2015  Front Label
          Schieferkopf Riesling Via Saint-Jacques 2015
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2015  Front Label
          Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2015
          Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2015  Front Label
          Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2015
          Other White Wine from Vin de France, France
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        • Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Riesling 2015  Front Label
          Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Riesling 2015
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
          Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2015
          Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2015 Front Label
          M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2015
          Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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        • Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes Blanc 2015 Front Label
          Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes Blanc 2015
          Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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