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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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  • Marchand-Tawse Corton Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
    Marchand-Tawse Corton Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2012 Front Label
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    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 Smith Haut Lafitte 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Dominique  2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • J. Moreau & Fils Chablis 2012 Front Label
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Troplong Mondot  2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2012
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Romanee-St-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Cantenac Brown (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir 2012 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir 2012
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Cadettes 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau La Dominique (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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