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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 Pavie 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2017
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017  Front Label
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    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Chateau de Pez  2017  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc 2017  Front Label
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    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2017  Front Label
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    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Rouge 2017  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017 Front Label
    Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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