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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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  • Domaine Cecile Tremblay Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2012  Front Label
    Domaine Cecile Tremblay Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2012
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Dujac Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
      Domaine Dujac Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2012
      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2012  Front Label
      Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2012
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    • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2012 Front Label
      Chateau Haut-Bailly 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2012 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Haut-Brion  2012 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2012 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee 2012 Front Label
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    • Chateau Grand Mayne  2012 Front Label
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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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      Les Vignerons de Tautavel Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Silex 2012
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Roussillon-Tautavel, Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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    • Chateau d'Issan  2012 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Domaine Olivier Hillaire Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Petits Pieds d'Armand 2012 Front Label
      Domaine Olivier Hillaire Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Petits Pieds d'Armand 2012
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
      Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2012
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Pavie  2012  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2012 Front Label
      Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2012 Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2012 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Margaux  2012 Front Label
      Chateau Margaux 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chanson Pere & Fils Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
      Chanson Pere & Fils Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2012
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012 Front Label
        Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2012
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        Chateau Clerc Milon 2012
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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