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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 Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chablis 2018  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse 2017 Front Label
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017  Front Label
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    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 2018  Front Label
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  • Alsace Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2016 Front Label
    Alsace Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2016
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  • Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Bourgogne Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Dom. Etienne Sauzet Bourgogne Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Bouthieres 2017 Front Label
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2011 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2011
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    Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaudevey Premier Cru 2018
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