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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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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, 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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  • Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Fels 2016  Front Label
    Schieferkopf Riesling Lieu-dit Fels 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, 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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  • Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 2014 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 2014
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Tokay Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Selection de Grains Noble (375ML Half-bottle) 2000  Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Tokay Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Selection de Grains Noble (375ML Half-bottle) 2000
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Grossot Mont de Milieu Chablis 2011 Front Label
    Grossot Mont de Milieu Chablis 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, 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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  • 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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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2012
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, 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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    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2014
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2014
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers Blanc 2014
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Gewurztraminer 1993 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Gewurztraminer 1993
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir 2013  Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 2013 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 2013
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes Blanc 2015
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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