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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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  • Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2011 Front Label
    Pierre Sparr Mambourg Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2011
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Pierre Sparr Schoenenbourg Grand Cru Riesling 2011 Front Label
    Pierre Sparr Schoenenbourg Grand Cru Riesling 2011
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos St Landry Premier Cru Monopole 2011
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
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  • Hugel Gentil 2011 Front Label
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    Other White Blends from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2011
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Cote de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Cote de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches Blanc 2011
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  • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2011 Front Label
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Dominique Cornin Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Reyssie 2011 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2011
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal Condrieu 2011 Front Label
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    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Beaune Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Beaune Blanc 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Comtesse de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Comtesse de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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