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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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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance (500ML) 2009 Front Label
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    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2009
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  • Lucien Albrecht Cuvee Balthazar Reserve Pinot Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Cuvee Balthazar Reserve Pinot Blanc 2009
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Riesling Jubilee Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Hugel Riesling Jubilee Grand Cru 2009
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2009 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Pinot Gris Romanus 2009 Front Label
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    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Patient Cottat Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2009 Front Label
    Patient Cottat Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2009
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Meursault Blagny Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Meursault Blagny Premier Cru 2009
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  • Chateau Haut-Bergey Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bergey Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Cave de Ribeauville Clos du Zahnacker 2009  Front Label
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    Other White Blends from Alsace, France
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    Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2009
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    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009
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  • Hugel Gewurztraminer Jubilee 2009 Front Label
    Hugel Gewurztraminer Jubilee 2009
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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    Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2009
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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