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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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo La Violette Viognier 2006 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo La Violette Viognier 2006
    Viognier from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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    • Guigal Condrieu 2006 Front Label
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    • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2006 Front Label
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    • Lionel Faury Condrieu 2006 Front Label
      Lionel Faury Condrieu 2006
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    • Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006 Front Label
      Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006
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    • Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2006 Front Label
      Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2006
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    • Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2006 Front Label
      Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2006
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      • Domaine de Champal Condrieu La Coste 2006 Front Label
        Domaine de Champal Condrieu La Coste 2006
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        • Chateau Saint Esteve d'Uchaux Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Therese 2006 Front Label
          Chateau Saint Esteve d'Uchaux Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Therese 2006
          Viognier from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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          • Pierre Gaillard Condrieu Fleurs d'Automne 2006 Front Label
            Pierre Gaillard Condrieu Fleurs d'Automne 2006
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            • Ferraton Pere & Fils Condrieu Les Mandouls 2006 Front Label
              Ferraton Pere & Fils Condrieu Les Mandouls 2006
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              • Jaboulet Condrieu Les Cassines 2006 Front Label
                Jaboulet Condrieu Les Cassines 2006
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                • Chateau de Campuget Cuvee Prestige Viognier 2006 Front Label
                  Chateau de Campuget Cuvee Prestige Viognier 2006
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                  • Delas Condrieu Clos Boucher 2006 Front Label
                    Delas Condrieu Clos Boucher 2006
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                    • Francois Villard Condrieu De Poncins 2006 Front Label
                      Francois Villard Condrieu De Poncins 2006
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                      • Chateau Grillet Rhone 2006 Front Label
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                        • Pennautier Viognier 2006 Front Label
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                          • Gabriel Meffre Condrieu Laurus 2006 Front Label
                            Gabriel Meffre Condrieu Laurus 2006
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