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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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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2011 Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2011
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    M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 2011
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2011 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2011 Front Label
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2011
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Moucher Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Mas Jullien Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Mas Jullien Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc 2011
    Other White Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Novellum Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2011 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011
    Chardonnay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Claude Riffault Les Boucauds Sancerre 2011 Front Label
    Claude Riffault Les Boucauds Sancerre 2011
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2011 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2011
    Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2011 Front Label
    Hugel Riesling Grossi Laue 2011
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jaboulet Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers 2011 Front Label
    Jaboulet Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers 2011
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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