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French wine is 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 French 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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    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc 2017
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Matrot Meursault Blagny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Selection Hermitage Blanche 2017  Front Label
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2017  Front Label
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  • Chateau Reynon Blanc 2017 Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire Vieilles Vignes 2017
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  • Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, 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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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Olivier Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Olivier Blanc 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominique Roger Sancerre Domaine du Carrou Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Dominique Roger Sancerre Domaine du Carrou Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2017 Front Label
    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2017
    Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Rotem & Mounir Saouma Inopia Blanc Cotes du Rhone Villages 2017
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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