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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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  • Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Hugel Riesling Jubilee Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Hugel Riesling Jubilee Grand Cru 2009
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin Reserve 2009 Front Label
    Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin Reserve 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Genevrieres Premier Cru 2009  Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Genevrieres Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault Perrieres Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Didier Dagueneau Sancerre Monts Dames 2009  Front Label
    Didier Dagueneau Sancerre Monts Dames 2009
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Vincent Girardin Meursault Premier Cru Les Genevrieres 2009
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Vincent Girardin Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Vincent Girardin Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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