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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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    Chateau La Colline Semillon 2006
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    • Chateau Le Puy Marie-Cecile 2013 Front Label
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      • Chateau Puy Servain Terrement 2007 Front Label
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        • Vignobles M&J Perromat Chateau d'Armajan des Ormes 2004 Front Label
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          • Chateau Fonchereau Entre-deux-Mers Blanc 2012 Front Label
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            • Vignobles Roumazeilles Chateau Grillon 2011 Front Label
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              • Vignobles M&J Perromat Chateau d'Armajan des Ormes 2010 Front Label
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                • Chateau Laulerie Moelleux Blanc 2014 Front Label
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                  • Jean Medeville & Fils Cadillac Chateau Fayau 2004 Front Label
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                    • Domaine du Gouyat Moelleux Blanc 2007 Front Label
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                      • Vignobles Roumazeilles Chateau Grillon 2009 Front Label
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                        • Chateau Le Puy Marie-Cecile 2014 Front Label
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                          • Vignobles Roumazeilles Chateau Grillon 2010 Front Label
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                            • Vignobles M&J Perromat Chateau d'Armajan des Ormes 2006 Front Label
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                              • Chateau Simon  2011 Front Label
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                                • Chateau Haut Bergeron Sauternes 2005 Front Label
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                                  • Chateau Lestignac Moelleux Les Brumes 2014 Front Label
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                                    • Vignobles M&J Perromat Chateau d'Armajan des Ormes 2008 Front Label
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                                      • Chateau Puy Servain Terrement 2010 Front Label
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                                          • Despagne Chateau Tour de Mirambeau Noble Semillon 2003 Front Label
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                                            • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes Clos Labere 1996  Front Label
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                                              • Despagne Chateau Tour de Mirambeau Noble Semillon 2015 Front Label
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                                                • Vignobles Roumazeilles Chateau Grillon 2012 Front Label
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