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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 Pinot Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2016
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Vinzelles 2016 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Vinzelles 2016
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Vinzelles, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2016 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2016
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Alsace Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2016 Front Label
    Alsace Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Alphonse Mellot Satellite Sancerre Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Alphonse Mellot Satellite Sancerre Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc 2016
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Brocard Bourgogne Kimmeridgien Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Brocard Bourgogne Kimmeridgien Chardonnay 2016
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      • Maison Chanzy Rully En Rosey Blanc 2016 Front Label
        Maison Chanzy Rully En Rosey Blanc 2016
        Chardonnay from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Bernard Moreau St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2016 Front Label
        Domaine Bernard Moreau St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2016
        Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Henry Natter Sancerre Cuvee Francois de la Grange de Montigny 2016  Front Label
        Henry Natter Sancerre Cuvee Francois de la Grange de Montigny 2016
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2016  Front Label
          Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2016
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016  Front Label
          M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
          Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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