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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 Ausone  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Ausone 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2011 Front Label
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    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011  Front Label
    Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Fieuzal Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Chateau de Fieuzal Blanc 2011
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Clinet  2011  Front Label
    Chateau Clinet 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Meyney  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos L'Eglise Pomerol  2011 Front Label
    Clos L'Eglise Pomerol 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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