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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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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2010 Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Pierre Sparr Riesling 2010 Front Label
    Pierre Sparr Riesling 2010
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2010 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Domaine Pichot Vouvray Coteau de la Biche 2010 Front Label
    Domaine Pichot Vouvray Coteau de la Biche 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2010 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2010 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2010 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2010
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clisson 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clisson 2010
    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Cave de Ribeauville Riesling Osterberg Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Cave de Ribeauville Riesling Osterberg Grand Cru 2010
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2010 Front Label
    Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Vins de Vienne Condrieu La Chambee Blanc D'Or 2010 Front Label
    Vins de Vienne Condrieu La Chambee Blanc D'Or 2010
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Condrieu 2010 Front Label
    Guigal Condrieu 2010
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Cote de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Cote de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches Blanc 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2010 Front Label
    Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 2010
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Hugel Gentil 2010 Front Label
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    Other White Blends from Alsace, France
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    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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