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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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  • Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2005 Front Label
    Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2005
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Latour Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
    Louis Latour Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2008
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Lecuyer Pomerol 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Lecuyer Pomerol 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Gevrey Chambertin Les Murots 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Gevrey Chambertin Les Murots 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2014 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2018  Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2018
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Nuits-St-Georges Blanc Les Terrasses du Chateau Gris 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Nuits-St-Georges Blanc Les Terrasses du Chateau Gris 2018
    Chardonnay from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Albert Bichot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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