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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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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2018  Front Label
    Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvee Corcelette 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvee Corcelette 2019
    Gamay from Beaujolais, 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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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, 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 l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Mont des Oiseaux Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Mont des Oiseaux Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Les Fourchaumes Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Les Fourchaumes Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chene Bleu Heloise 2012  Front Label
    Chene Bleu Heloise 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2020  Front Label
    Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2020
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux 2019  Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Laherte Freres Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs  Front Label
    Laherte Freres Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Laherte Freres Brut Blanc de Blancs Ultradition  Front Label
    Laherte Freres Brut Blanc de Blancs Ultradition
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Laherte Freres Brut Ultradition
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2018  Front Label
    Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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