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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 du Colombier Chablis Petit Chablis 2020  Front Label
    Domaine du Colombier Chablis Petit Chablis 2020
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
      Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
      Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • La Chapelle du Bastion Picpoul de Pinet 2020  Front Label
      La Chapelle du Bastion Picpoul de Pinet 2020
      Picpoul from Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Chateau Olivier Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
        Chateau Olivier Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
        Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts de Barville Blanc 2020  Front Label
        Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts de Barville Blanc 2020
        Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne 2020  Front Label
          Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne 2020
          Other White Wine from Southwest, France
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          • Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2020  Front Label
            Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2020
            Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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            • Cote des Roses Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
              Cote des Roses Sauvignon Blanc 2020
              Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc, South of France, France
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              • Chereau Carre Chateau de la Chesnaie Muscadet Sevre Et Maine 2020  Front Label
                Chereau Carre Chateau de la Chesnaie Muscadet Sevre Et Maine 2020
                Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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                • Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                  Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2020
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Chateau La Freynelle Blanc 2020  Front Label
                    Chateau La Freynelle Blanc 2020
                    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                  • Alsace Willm Pinot Blanc Reserve 2020  Front Label
                    Alsace Willm Pinot Blanc Reserve 2020
                    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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                    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James Basket Press Blanc 2020  Front Label
                      Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James Basket Press Blanc 2020
                      Rhone White Blends from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                      • Bouchard Aine & Fils Macon-Villages 2020  Front Label
                        Bouchard Aine & Fils Macon-Villages 2020
                        Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                        • Chateau La Garde Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                          Chateau La Garde Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                          Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                        • Gerard Bertrand Change Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                          Gerard Bertrand Change Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                          Sauvignon Blanc from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                          • Domaine Hubert Brochard Sancerre Tradition 2020  Front Label
                            Domaine Hubert Brochard Sancerre Tradition 2020
                            Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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                            • Chateau Doisy Daene Grand Vin Blanc Sec (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                              Chateau Doisy Daene Grand Vin Blanc Sec (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                              Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                            • Clos Floridene Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                              Clos Floridene Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                              Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                              Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                              Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Chateau Brown Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                              Chateau Brown Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                              Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                              Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                              Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Chateau de France Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                              Chateau de France Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                              Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Chateau Lespault-Martillac Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
                              Chateau Lespault-Martillac Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
                              Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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