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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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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tortoise Creek Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Tortoise Creek Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Hugel Classic Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Hugel Classic Riesling 2005
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  • Domaine Pfister Pinot Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Domaine Pfister Pinot Blanc 2005
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Josmeyer Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
    Josmeyer Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2005
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Francois Chidaine Vouvrey les Argiles 2005 Front Label
    Francois Chidaine Vouvrey les Argiles 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2005 Front Label
    Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2005
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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  • Chateau de Fieuzal Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau de Fieuzal Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2005 Front Label
    Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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    Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang 2005 Front Label
    Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2005
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Hermitage Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Guigal Hermitage Blanc 2005
    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc Kritt 2005 Front Label
    Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc Kritt 2005
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Monbousquet Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris 2005 Front Label
    Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris 2005
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau de Reignac Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau de Reignac Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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