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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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  • Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017  Front Label
    Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 2016 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 2016
    Grenache Blanc from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018
    Rhone White Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017
    Viognier from Rhone, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2016  Front Label
    Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2016
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Cave de Tain Hermitage Blanc 2015 Front Label
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Philippe Colin Bourgogne Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Bourgogne Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Kuentz-Bas Trois Chateaux Riesling 2016  Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Trois Chateaux Riesling 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Domaine (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Domaine (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos de l'Arlot Premier Cru Monopole Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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