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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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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2011 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2011
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau d'Arlay Cotes du Jura Tradition Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Chateau d'Arlay Cotes du Jura Tradition Blanc 2011
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    • Domaine Sainte Rose Barrel Selection Roussanne 2011 Front Label
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      Roussanne from Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Jean Perrier & Fils Savoie Apremont Cuvee Gastronomie 2011 Front Label
        Jean Perrier & Fils Savoie Apremont Cuvee Gastronomie 2011
        Other White Blends from France
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      • Chateau La Louviere Blanc 2011 Front Label
        Chateau La Louviere Blanc 2011
        Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Domaine Cazes Le Canon du Marechal 2011 Front Label
        Domaine Cazes Le Canon du Marechal 2011
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        • Chanson Pere & Fils Vire Clesse 2011 Front Label
          Chanson Pere & Fils Vire Clesse 2011
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 2011 Front Bottle Shot
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            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St-Aubin La Chateniere 2011 Front Label
            Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St-Aubin La Chateniere 2011
            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Claude Riffault Les Boucauds Sancerre 2011 Front Label
            Claude Riffault Les Boucauds Sancerre 2011
            Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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          • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2011 Front Label
            Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2011
            Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          • Domaine Nicolas Brunet Vouvray Demi-Sec 2011 Front Label
            Domaine Nicolas Brunet Vouvray Demi-Sec 2011
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Michel Redde Pouilly Fume La Moynerie 2011 Front Label
              Michel Redde Pouilly Fume La Moynerie 2011
              Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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              • Chateau Brown Blanc 2011 Front Label
                Chateau Brown Blanc 2011
                Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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              • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Gewurztraminer 2011 Front Label
                Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Gewurztraminer 2011
                Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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              • Louis Latour Marsannay Blanc 2011 Front Label
                Louis Latour Marsannay Blanc 2011
                Chardonnay from Marsannay, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Gewurztraminer 2011 Front Label
                Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Gewurztraminer 2011
                Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                • Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc 2011 Front Label
                  Michel Gassier Cercius Blanc 2011
                  Other White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2011 Front Label
                  Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2011
                  Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Helfrich Gewurztraminer 2011 Front Label
                  Helfrich Gewurztraminer 2011
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                  • Chateau Reynon Blanc 2011 Front Label
                    Chateau Reynon Blanc 2011
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France
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                  • Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                    Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011
                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2011 Front Label
                    Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2011
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                  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2011 Front Label
                    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2011
                    Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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                  • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2011 Front Label
                    Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2011
                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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