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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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    Cave de Ribeauville Clos du Zahnaker Riesling 2010
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Maltroie Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
    Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Maltroie Premier Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2010 Front Label
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2010  Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2010
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Rollin Pere et Fils Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Montbourgeau L'Etoile Vin Jaune 2010 Front Label
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    Other White Wine from Jura, France
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    Didier Dagueneau Jurancon Les Jardins de Babylone 2010
    Other White Wine from Southwest, France
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    • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2010 Front Label
      Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2010
      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc 2010 Front Label
      Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc 2010
      Viognier from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2010 Front Label
      Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2010
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010  Front Label
      Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2010
      Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Dublere Meursault Les Crotets 2010  Front Label
      Domaine Dublere Meursault Les Crotets 2010
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly Fume 2010 Front Label
      Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly Fume 2010
      Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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      • Cave de Ribeauville Jean Baltenweck Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling 2010  Front Label
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        Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Combettes 2010 Front Label
          Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Combettes 2010
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Cave de Tain Hermitage Blanc 2010 Front Label
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          Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Blanc 2010 Front Label
          Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Blanc 2010
          Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        • Domaine Rolet Arbois Vin Jaune (375ML half-bottle) 2010  Front Bottle Shot
          Domaine Rolet Arbois Vin Jaune (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Other White Wine from Jura, France
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        • Chateau de Sours La Source Blanc 2010 Front Label
          Chateau de Sours La Source Blanc 2010
          Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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          • Cave de Ribeauville Pinot Gris Gloeckelberg Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
            Cave de Ribeauville Pinot Gris Gloeckelberg Grand Cru 2010
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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          • Olivier Leflaive Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2010  Front Label
            Olivier Leflaive Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2010
            Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Domaine Dublere Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
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            Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Bruno Colin Puligny-Montrachet La Truffiere Premier Cru 2010  Front Label
            Bruno Colin Puligny-Montrachet La Truffiere Premier Cru 2010
            Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Jean-Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2010  Front Label
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              Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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