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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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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 2010  Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 2010
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2009 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2016  Front Label
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2010 Front Label
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Canon 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Vieux Chateau Certan 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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