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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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  • Maison Chanzy Bouzeron Les Trois 2017  Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Bouzeron Les Trois 2017
    Aligote from Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2017  Front Label
    Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2017
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Remoissenet Bourgogne Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Remoissenet Bourgogne Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Kuentz-Bas Pinot Gris Tradition 2017  Front Label
      Kuentz-Bas Pinot Gris Tradition 2017
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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    • Gerard Tremblay Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2017  Front Label
      Gerard Tremblay Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2017
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017 Front Label
        Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017
        Riesling from Alsace, France
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      • Jean-Marc Vincent Bourgogne Blanc 2017 Front Label
        Jean-Marc Vincent Bourgogne Blanc 2017
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Chateau d'Angles La Clape Classique White 2017 Front Label
          Chateau d'Angles La Clape Classique White 2017
          Rhone White Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Philippe le Hardi Clos de la Chaise Dieu Monopole Blanc 2017  Front Label
            Philippe le Hardi Clos de la Chaise Dieu Monopole Blanc 2017
            Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Chateau Simone Palette Blanc 2017  Front Label
              Chateau Simone Palette Blanc 2017
              Other White Blends from Provence, South of France, France
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              • Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone La Redonne Blanc 2017  Front Label
                Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone La Redonne Blanc 2017
                Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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              • Domaine Bouard-Bonnefoy Les Petits Clos Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
                Domaine Bouard-Bonnefoy Les Petits Clos Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2017
                Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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