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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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  • Les Dauphins Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2018  Front Label
    Les Dauphins Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Charly Thevenet Regnie Grain and Granit 2015 Front Label
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    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Preuses Domaine Long-Depaquit Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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    Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine St. Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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