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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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  • Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold (1.5 Liter Magnum) Front Label
    Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold (1.5 Liter Magnum)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 L Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 L Magnum) 2017
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    Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum)
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Canon (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2018  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
      Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Canon (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum - scuffed label) 2007  Front Label
        Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum - scuffed label) 2007
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
        Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
        Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Clos Saint-Jean Sanctus Sanctorum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        Chateau Montrose (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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