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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 Pontet-Canet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2013  Front Label
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    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012  Front Label
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    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2016  Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2018  Front Label
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  2015 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Girard 2018  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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