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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 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Trimbach Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2008 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2008
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2008 Front Label
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    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de La Greffiere Macon-la-Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2008 Front Label
    Chateau de La Greffiere Macon-la-Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2008
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2008
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Helfrich Pinot Gris 2008 Front Label
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  • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc 2008
    Viognier from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2008
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Montagny Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Montagny Blanc 2008
    Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc 2008
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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    Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2008
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  • Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette 2008
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Gerard Bertrand Chateau l'Hospitalet Blanc 2008
    Rhone White Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2008 Front Label
    Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2008
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2008 Front Label
    Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2008
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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