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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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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2011  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2011
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Savigny les Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Savigny les Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2011 Front Label
      Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Chene Bleu Heloise 2011  Front Label
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      Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2011 Front Label
      Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2011 Front Label
      Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Front Label
      Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursault Vendanges Selectionnees 2011  Front Label
      Domaine Michel Lafarge Meursault Vendanges Selectionnees 2011
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2011 Front Label
        Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2011
        Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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      • Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2011 Front Label
        Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2011
        Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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      • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
        Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • Maison Roche de Bellene Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
        Maison Roche de Bellene Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2011
        Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2011 Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2011
        Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2011 Front Label
        Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2011
        Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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      • Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
        Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
        Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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      • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
        Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de la Vougeraie Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
        Domaine de la Vougeraie Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Grand Cru 2011
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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