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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 Leoville Poyferre 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, 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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Gerard Raphet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Cuvee Unique 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Gerard Raphet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Cuvee Unique 2016
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2016  Front Label
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      Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • Domaine Parent Corton-Renardes Grand Cru 2016  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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