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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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  • Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2016 Front Label
    Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2016  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Maison Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Edme 2016 Front Label
      Maison Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Edme 2016
      Chardonnay from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Vincent Girardin Pouilly Fuisse Les Vielles Vignes 2016 Front Label
      Vincent Girardin Pouilly Fuisse Les Vielles Vignes 2016
      Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2016  Front Label
      Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2016
      Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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    • Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2016 Front Label
      Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2016
      Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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    • Jean-Francois Merieau L'Arpent des Vaudons 2016 Front Label
      Jean-Francois Merieau L'Arpent des Vaudons 2016
      Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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      • Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2016 Front Label
        Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2016
        Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
        Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016
        Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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        • Burrier Chateau de Beauregard Pouilly-Fuisse 2016 Front Label
          Burrier Chateau de Beauregard Pouilly-Fuisse 2016
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
          Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016
          Chardonnay from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, 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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        • Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris 2016 Front Label
          Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris 2016
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, 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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        • Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Cuvee St. Vincent Blanc 2016 Front Label
          Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Cuvee St. Vincent Blanc 2016
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • La Chablisienne Chablis La Pierrelee 2016  Front Label
            La Chablisienne Chablis La Pierrelee 2016
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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            • Delhommeau Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Harmonie 2016  Front Label
              Delhommeau Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Harmonie 2016
              Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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              • Brocard Bourgogne Kimmeridgien Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
                Brocard Bourgogne Kimmeridgien Chardonnay 2016
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                • Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2016  Front Label
                  Kuentz-Bas Riesling 2016
                  Riesling 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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                  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Gewurztraminer 2016  Front Label
                    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Gewurztraminer 2016
                    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                  • Alsace Willm Pinot Blanc Reserve 2016  Front Label
                    Alsace Willm Pinot Blanc Reserve 2016
                    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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                    • Louis Jadot Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
                      Louis Jadot Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2016
                      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                    • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2016 Front Label
                      Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2016
                      Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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