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French wine is 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 French 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 2019  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel Pagodes de Cos 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel Pagodes de Cos 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Charmes Dessus Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Charmes Dessus Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2019  Front Bottle Shot
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2019
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Issan  2019  Front Label
    Chateau d'Issan 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau L'Evangile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau L'Evangile (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lagrange  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Lagrange 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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