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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 Dujac Bonnes Mares (1.5L Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares (1.5L Magnum) 2006
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnums) 2006  Front Label
    Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnums) 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
      Domaine Meo-Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
        Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
        Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      • Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Papet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
        Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Papet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
          Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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        • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
          Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Silex (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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