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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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    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2012
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules 2012
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Delas Condrieu Clos Boucher Viognier 2012 Front Label
    Delas Condrieu Clos Boucher Viognier 2012
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2012
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2012
    Rhone White Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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    Alphonse Mellot Satellite Sancerre Blanc 2012
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru Clos des Hospices 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Remoissenet Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2012
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    Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc 2012
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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