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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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  • Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru (1.5L Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru (1.5L Magnum) 2011
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (1.5L Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (1.5L Magnum) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle (1.5L) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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