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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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  • 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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  • Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2013  Front Label
    Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean et Sebastien Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    Jean et Sebastien Dauvissat Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Blanc 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau 2013 Front Label
    Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau LaTour-Martillac Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Chateau LaTour-Martillac Blanc 2013
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2013  Front Label
    Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2013
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Louis Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte Blanc 2013
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Francois Carillon Chassagne Montrachet Clos St. Jean 2013 Front Label
    Francois Carillon Chassagne Montrachet Clos St. Jean 2013
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos St Landry Premier Cru Monopole 2013 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos St Landry Premier Cru Monopole 2013
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2013
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Chateau Grenouilles 2013 Front Label
    La Chablisienne Chablis Grand Cru Chateau Grenouilles 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, 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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  • Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2013
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Bruno Colin Chassagne Montrachet Maltroie Premier Cru 2013 Front Label
    Bruno Colin Chassagne Montrachet Maltroie Premier Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2013
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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