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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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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2011
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011  Front Label
    Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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  • Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Brown  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Henri Boillot Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Henri Boillot Chambertin Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2011  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Magrez Fombrauge  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Magrez Fombrauge 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2011 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2011
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Francois Lamarche Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011  Front Label
    Francois Lamarche Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lignier-Michelot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (torn labels) 2011  Front Label
    Lignier-Michelot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (torn labels) 2011
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2011 Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Hecht & Bannier Bandol 2011 Front Label
    Hecht & Bannier Bandol 2011
    Other Red Blends from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2011 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2011
    Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges Aux Argillas Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges Aux Argillas Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 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 Tollot-Beaut Corton Bressandes 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Bressandes 2011
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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