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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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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009 Front Label
    Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2009
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2009 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2009
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2009 Front Label
    Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2009
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, 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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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance (500ML) 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance (500ML) 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2009 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2009
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin Reserve 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, 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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    Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2009
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Luneau-Papin Muscadet Clos des Allees 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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    Gilbert Chon Muscadet Clos de la Chapelle Vieilles Vignes 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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    Mas Carlot VDP d'Oc Clairette de Bellegarde 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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    Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Chereau Carre Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Chateau Chesnaie 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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    Jean Reverdy Sancerre la Reine Blanche 2009
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Chateau de la Chesnaie Muscadet 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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    Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc 2009
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    Delhommeau Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Harmonie 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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