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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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  • Laherte Freres Extra Brut Rose de Saignee Les Beaudiers 2015  Front Label
    Laherte Freres Extra Brut Rose de Saignee Les Beaudiers 2015
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Kuentz-Bas Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg 2015  Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg 2015
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2015 Front Label
    Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Guillot-Broux Macon-Cruzille Beaumont Rouge 2015 Front Label
    Domaine Guillot-Broux Macon-Cruzille Beaumont Rouge 2015
    Gamay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Chene Bleu Aliot 2015  Front Label
      Chene Bleu Aliot 2015
      Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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      • Jean-Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Cuvee L'Estimee 2015 Front Label
        Jean-Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Cuvee L'Estimee 2015
        Pinot Noir from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Maison de Montille Rully Blanc La Chaponniere 2015 Front Label
          Maison de Montille Rully Blanc La Chaponniere 2015
          Chardonnay from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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          • Francois Cotat Sancerre Blanc La Grande Cote 2015 Front Label
            Francois Cotat Sancerre Blanc La Grande Cote 2015
            Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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            • Christophe Cordier Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2015 Front Label
              Christophe Cordier Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2015
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • Zind-Humbrecht Calcaire Pinot Gris 2015 Front Label
                Zind-Humbrecht Calcaire Pinot Gris 2015
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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              • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2015 Front Label
                M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2015
                Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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              • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Bretonniere 2015 Front Label
                Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Bretonniere 2015
                Chenin Blanc from France
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              • Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru 2015
                Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Poste 2015 Front Label
                Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Poste 2015
                Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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              • Charly Thevenet Regnie Grain and Granit 2015 Front Label
                Charly Thevenet Regnie Grain and Granit 2015
                Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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              • Maison Roche de Bellene Savigny Les Beaune Les Hauts Jarrons Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
                Maison Roche de Bellene Savigny Les Beaune Les Hauts Jarrons Premier Cru 2015
                Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Chene Bleu Rose 2015 Front Label
                  Chene Bleu Rose 2015
                  Rosé from Rhone, France
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                • Clos Troteligotte K-Or Malbec 2015 Front Label
                  Clos Troteligotte K-Or Malbec 2015
                  Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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                • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2015 Front Label
                  Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2015
                  Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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                • Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 Front Label
                  Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
                  Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                • Domaine Clusel-Roch Cote-Rotie Classique 2015 Front Label
                  Domaine Clusel-Roch Cote-Rotie Classique 2015
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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                • Georges Vernay St Joseph Terres d'Encre 2015 Front Label
                  Georges Vernay St Joseph Terres d'Encre 2015
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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                  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2015 Front Label
                    Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2015
                    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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                    • Kuentz-Bas Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
                      Kuentz-Bas Pinot Noir 2015
                      Pinot Noir from Alsace, France
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                    • Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Red 2015  Front Label
                      Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Red 2015
                      Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
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