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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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  • Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2005 Front Label
    Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2005 Front Label
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  • Chateau de Fieuzal Blanc 2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Premier Cru 2005 Front Label
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2005 Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2005
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  • Sauvion Sevre Et Maine Muscadet 2005 Front Label
    Sauvion Sevre Et Maine Muscadet 2005
    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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  • Michel Redde Pouilly Fume La Moynerie 2005 Front Label
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    Albert Bichot Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2005 Front Label
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  • Guigal Condrieu 2005 Front Label
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    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Hermitage Blanc 2005 Front Label
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005
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    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2005
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2005
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2005 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2005
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    Chereau Carre Muscadet Comte Leloup de Chasseloir Centenaires 2005
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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