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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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  • Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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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    Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent 2017  Front Label
    Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2005
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Alex Gambal Chambolle-Musigny 2015  Front Label
    Alex Gambal Chambolle-Musigny 2015
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Matrot Meursault Les Chevalieres 2018
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    • Chene Bleu Rose 2018  Front Label
      Chene Bleu Rose 2018
      Rosé from Rhone, France
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    • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay En Caillerets Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay En Caillerets Premier Cru 2017
      Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Tollot-Beaut Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
      Domaine Tollot-Beaut Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2017
      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
      Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 2017
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
      Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2016
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Alex Gambal Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2016  Front Label
      Alex Gambal Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2016
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      Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
      Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine Denis Bachelet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet Clos des Folatieres Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
      Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet Clos des Folatieres Premier Cru 2018
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Hubert Lamy Santenay Clos des Gravieres Premier Cru Blanc 2017
      Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      Jean-Philippe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2017
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges (375ML half-bottle) 2017
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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