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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 Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
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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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    Chateau de Fontenille Entre Deux Mers Blanc 2009
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2009
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2009 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2009
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2009 Front Label
    Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2009 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2009
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance (500ML) 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance (500ML) 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2009 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2009
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau St. Martin de la Garrigue Picpoul de Pinet 2009 Front Label
    Chateau St. Martin de la Garrigue Picpoul de Pinet 2009
    Picpoul from Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, South of France, France
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    Marsanne from Rhone, France
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2009 Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2009
    Riesling 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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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2009 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2009
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Clos de Nouys Vouvray Estate Sec 2009 Front Label
    Clos de Nouys Vouvray Estate Sec 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    Sauvion Chateau du Cleray Sevre et Maine Muscadet 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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  • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2009 Front Label
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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