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7 Best Wine Regions In France (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/05/2010 11:10 am EDT   Updated: 05/25/2011 6:35 pm EDT

The stereotypical Frenchman may no longer start the day with a shot of red wine to "tuer le ver" (kill the worm) followed by an espresso, but France is one of the top ten alcohol-consuming countries in the world. Wine, predictably, is the favorite tipple and there are dozens of wine-producing regions throughout France.

Wines in France are generally named after the location of the vineyard rather than the grape varietal, and there are strict regulations governing where, how and under what conditions grapes are grown.

Here are 7 picks adapted from Lonely Planet's "Top 10 spots to pop a cork in France." Text and captions courtesy of Lonely Planet.

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Burgundy developed its reputation for viticulture during the reign of Charlemagne, when monks first began to make wine here. The vignerons of Burgundy generally only have small vineyards and produce small quantities of wine. Burgundy reds are produced with pinot noir grapes; the best vintages need 10 to 20 years to age. White wine is made from the chardonnay grape. The five main wine-growing areas are Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâcon and Beaujolais, which alone produces 13 different types of light gamay-based red wine.
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