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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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    Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 2006
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    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2006 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2006
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  • Pierre Gimonnet Fleuron Blanc de Blancs Brut 2006 Front Label
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Paul Autard Juline Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
    Paul Autard Juline Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Tempier La Migoua Bandol Rouge 2006 Front Label
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    Mourvedre from Provence, South of France, France
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  • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2006 Front Label
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2006
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Humbert Freres Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle Premier Cru 2006 Front Label
    Domaine Humbert Freres Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle Premier Cru 2006
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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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  • Domaine Tempier La Tourtine Bandol Rouge 2006 Front Label
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2006 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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    Tardieu-Laurent Chateaneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Lionel Faury Condrieu 2006 Front Label
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    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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