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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 Saint-Andre Corbin  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Vin de France, France
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  • Alsace Willm Gewurztraminer Reserve 2018  Front Label
    Alsace Willm Gewurztraminer Reserve 2018
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Maison Brotte Creation Grosset Cru des Cotes du Rhone 2017  Front Label
    Maison Brotte Creation Grosset Cru des Cotes du Rhone 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Cardonne  2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Cardonne 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mongravey  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Mongravey 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2018  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2019  Front Label
    Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2019
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Rose Gold Rose 2019  Front Label
    Rose Gold Rose 2019
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2017  Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • J. Lassalle Premier Cru Brut Rose Front Label
    J. Lassalle Premier Cru Brut Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Biscaye Baie Cotes de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Front Label
    Biscaye Baie Cotes de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Southwest, France
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  • Chapelle St. Theodoric La Guigasse Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2018  Front Label
    Chapelle St. Theodoric La Guigasse Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2018  Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2018
    Rhone White Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • Dopff & Irion Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Dopff & Irion Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Alsace Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2016 Front Label
    Alsace Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Maison Brotte Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Maison Brotte Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Gilbert Picq Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Gilbert Picq Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Alsace Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2019  Front Label
    Alsace Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2019
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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    • Domaine De Cala Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose Classic 2019  Front Label
      Domaine De Cala Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose Classic 2019
      Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
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    • Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018  Front Label
      Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018
      Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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    • Maison Brotte Versant Dore Condrieu 2018  Front Label
      Maison Brotte Versant Dore Condrieu 2018
      Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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      • Maison Brotte Les Murets Cote Rotie 2016  Front Label
        Maison Brotte Les Murets Cote Rotie 2016
        Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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