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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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  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Domaines Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Blanc 2006
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    • Bouchard Aine & Fils Savigny Les Beaune Blanc Dessus Les Vermots 2006 Front Label
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      • Brocard Bougros Chablis 2006 Front Label
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      • Brocard Petite Chablis 2006 Front Label
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        • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2006 Front Label
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          • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2006 Front Label
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          • Caves de Chablis Chablis 2006 Front Label
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            • Betts & Scholl Hermitage Blanc 2006 Front Label
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            • Chateau Olivier Blanc 2006 Front Label
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              • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2006 Front Label
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                • Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2006 Front Label
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                  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006 Front Label
                    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006
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                  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2006 Front Label
                    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2006
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                  • Domaine d'UBY Cotes de Gascogne 2006 Front Label
                    Domaine d'UBY Cotes de Gascogne 2006
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                    • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2006 Front Label
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                    • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2006 Front Label
                      Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2006
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                    • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Perrieres 2006 Front Label
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                      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Francine et Olivier Savary Chablis 2006 Front Label
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                    • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2006 Front Label
                      Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2006
                      Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                    • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
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                    • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2006 Front Label
                      Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2006
                      Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                    • Vin Chateau Marjosse Blanc 2006
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                      • Les Tours Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
                        Les Tours Sauvignon Blanc 2006
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                        • Chateau Marjosse Blanc 2006 Front Label
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