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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 la Romanee-Conti Montrachet 2008 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet 2008
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Cote Jardin Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Cote Jardin Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
      Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2008
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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      • Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2008 Front Label
        Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2008
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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        Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2008
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        Philippe Foreau Vouvray Clos Naudin Demi-Sec 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2008 Front Label
        Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2008
        Other White Blends from France
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      • Marcel Vincent & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse Marie-Antoinette 2008 Front Label
        Marcel Vincent & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse Marie-Antoinette 2008
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008 Front Label
          Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008
          Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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        • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2008 Front Label
          Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2008
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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          M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2008
          Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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          • Trimbach Reserve Riesling 2008 Front Label
            Trimbach Reserve Riesling 2008
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          • Chateau La Colline Bergerac Blanc 2008 Front Label
            Chateau La Colline Bergerac Blanc 2008
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            • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2008 Front Label
              Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2008
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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
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            • La Coudraie Blanc 2008 Front Label
              La Coudraie Blanc 2008
              Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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              • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
                Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres Premier Cru 2008
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              • Chateau de L'Hyverniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2008 Front Label
                Chateau de L'Hyverniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2008
                Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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                • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
                  Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2008
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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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                • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2008 Front Label
                  Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2008
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Hugel Gewurztraminer Jubilee 2008 Front Label
                  Hugel Gewurztraminer Jubilee 2008
                  Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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