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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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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Montrachet Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle 2018  Front Label
    Pierre Gelin Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Pruliers Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Pruliers Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2016  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Mongeard-Mugneret Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Mongeard-Mugneret Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Alain Chavy St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2018  Front Label
    Alain Chavy St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2018
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Vosne-Romanee Domaine du Clos Frantin 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Vosne-Romanee Domaine du Clos Frantin 2019
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Caillerets Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Remoissenet Meursault Les Cras Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Remoissenet Meursault Les Cras Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cornelia Constanza 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cornelia Constanza 2019
    Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Philippe Colin St-Aubin Premier Cru Charmois 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin St-Aubin Premier Cru Charmois 2019
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2020  Front Label
    Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2020
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru Amphore 2018
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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