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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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  • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Herve Seguin Pouilly Fume 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Herve Seguin Pouilly Fume 2008
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Giachino Abymes Monfarina 2008 Front Label
    Giachino Abymes Monfarina 2008
    Other White Blends from Jura, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2008 Front Label
    Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2008
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Dom. de Coussergues Chardonnay/Viognier 2008 Front Label
    Dom. de Coussergues Chardonnay/Viognier 2008
    Other White Blends from France
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  • Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec 2008 Front Label
    Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin 2008 Front Bottle Shot
    Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
    • RP96
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2008 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2008
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
    • RP95
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  • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2008 Front Label
    Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2008
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • RP93
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  • Philippe Foreau Vouvray Clos Naudin Demi-Sec 2008 Front Label
    Philippe Foreau Vouvray Clos Naudin Demi-Sec 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
    • RP94
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  • Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2008
    Other White Blends from France
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  • Lucien Crochet Croix du Roy Sancerre 2008 Front Label
    Lucien Crochet Croix du Roy Sancerre 2008
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2008
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Brocard Montee de Tonnerre Chablis 2008 Front Label
    Brocard Montee de Tonnerre Chablis 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Vaulorent Chablis 2008 Front Label
    Brocard Vaulorent Chablis 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Montmains Premier Cru Chablis 2008 Front Label
    Brocard Montmains Premier Cru Chablis 2008
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2008
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom. Barmes-Buecher Pfersigberg Gewurztraminer 2008 Front Label
    Dom. Barmes-Buecher Pfersigberg Gewurztraminer 2008
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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