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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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    Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2016
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Les Alexandrins Condrieu 2016  Front Label
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  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2016
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  • Penya Cotes Catalanes Viognier 2016 Front Label
    Penya Cotes Catalanes Viognier 2016
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    • Louis Cheze Condrieu Pagus Luminis 2016 Front Label
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      • Le Paradou Viognier 2016 Front Label
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        • Pennautier Viognier 2016 Front Label
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            • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2016 Front Label
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              Delas Condrieu Clos Boucher Viognier 2016
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            • Jaboulet Condrieu Domaine des Grands Amandiers 2016 Front Label
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            • Lionel Faury Condrieu 2016  Front Label
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            • Guigal Condrieu 2016 Front Label
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            • Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2016 Front Label
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            • Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Blanc de Viognier 2016 Front Label
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              • Rene Rostaing Condrieu La Bonnette 2016 Front Label
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              • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2016 Front Label
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              • Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2016  Front Label
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              • Chateau Raissac Le Cres Viognier 2016  Front Label
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                • Maison de la Villette Viognier 2016  Front Label
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                  • Domaine de Vedilhan Viognier 2016  Front Label
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                    • Domaine Monier Perreol Viognier 2016  Front Label
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