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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 Mardon Quincy Cuvee Tres Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Mardon Quincy Cuvee Tres Vieilles Vignes 2016
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    • Henri Bourgeois Cheverny La Chantereine Centre-Loire 2016 Front Label
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      • Domaine du Nozay Sancerre 2016 Front Label
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        • Domaine du Grand Moulin Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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          • Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2016 Front Label
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            • Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris 2016 Front Label
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            • Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
              Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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              • M. Plouzeau Touraine Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
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                • Clement & Florian Berthier Le P'tit Berthier Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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                  • Domaine Bersan St. Bris 2016 Front Label
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                    • Gerard & Pierre Morin Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
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                      • Domaine Fouassier Sancerre Clos Paradis 2016 Front Label
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                        • Domaine Yves Martin Chavignol Sancerre 2016 Front Label
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                          • Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2016  Front Label
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                          • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2016 Front Label
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                            • Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Blanc 2016 Front Label
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                              • Alphonse Mellot Edmond Sancerre Blanc 2016 Front Label
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                              • Gerard Bertrand Perles de Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
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                                • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2016 Front Label
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