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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 Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2016  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, 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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    • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2016 Front Label
      Chateau Duhart-Milon 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes 2016  Front Label
      Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes 2016
      Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Malescot St. Exupery  2016 Front Label
      Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • WE93
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      4.7 15 Ratings
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    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel Goulee 2016  Front Label
      Chateau Cos d'Estournel Goulee 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2016 Front Label
        Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        4.5 45 Ratings
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      • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2016 Front Label
        Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2016
        Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Margaux  2016 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        4.5 10 Ratings
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      • Chateau Lagrange  2016 Front Label
        Chateau Lagrange 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • WE91
        4.3 19 Ratings
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      • Clos Fourtet  2016 Front Label
        Clos Fourtet 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • CG94
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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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      • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016  Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
        Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      • Chateau Cheval Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
        Chateau Cheval Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Domaine Parent Corton-Renardes Grand Cru 2016  Front Label
        Domaine Parent Corton-Renardes Grand Cru 2016
        Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
        • RP92
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