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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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  • Chateau Picque-Caillou Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Picque-Caillou Blanc 2019
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Patrick Piuze Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Daniel Bouland Morgon Pre Jourdan 2019  Front Label
    Daniel Bouland Morgon Pre Jourdan 2019
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
      Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc le Poste 2019  Front Label
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      Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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      • Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py 2019  Front Label
        Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py 2019
        Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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      • Patrick Piuze Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
        Patrick Piuze Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2019
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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