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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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    Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage Rare 2006
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2006 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2006
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    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 2006
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    Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2006
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2006
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