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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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  • Clos Saint-Jean Sanctus Sanctorum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Sanctus Sanctorum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Sine Qua Non Chimere Chateauneuf-du-Pape (OWC - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Chimere Chateauneuf-du-Pape (OWC - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cantenac Brown (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Chateau Cantenac Brown (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Dominique (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Chateau La Dominique (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Latour (3 Liter Bottle) 2012  Front Label
    Chateau Latour (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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