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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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2008 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Hosanna  2008 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Belair-Monange  2008 Front Label
    Chateau Belair-Monange 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
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  • Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage Rare 2008  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2008
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Clos du Marquis  2008 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2008  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Carbonnieux 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Rose with Gift Box 2008 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose with Gift Box 2008
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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    Chateau Kirwan 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau d'Armailhac 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008  Front Label
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2008 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with Two Flutes and Gift Box 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  2008 Front Label
    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2008 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2008 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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