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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 Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2018
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Trimbach Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2018  Front Label
    Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2018
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Albert Bichot Puligny Montrachet Les Perrieres Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Vocoret Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Vocoret Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Rhone, France
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      • Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
        Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2018
        Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018  Front Label
        M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018
        Viognier from Rhone, France
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      • Barton & Guestier Sancerre Passeport 2018 Front Label
        Barton & Guestier Sancerre Passeport 2018
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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      • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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      • Lucien Crochet Croix du Roy Sancerre 2018  Front Label
        Lucien Crochet Croix du Roy Sancerre 2018
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau 2018  Front Label
          Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Crau 2018
          Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau de Meursault Clos Du Chateau Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
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          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018  Front Label
            Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018
            Rhone White Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Cailleret Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
            Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Cailleret Premier Cru 2018
            Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
            William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2018
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2018  Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2018
            Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Domaine Claude Branger Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Terroir Les Gras Moutons 2018 Front Label
            Domaine Claude Branger Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Terroir Les Gras Moutons 2018
            Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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