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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 Castera  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Castera 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lyonnat Lussac Saint Emilion 2015 Front Label
    Chateau Lyonnat Lussac Saint Emilion 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de la Negly Clos des Truffieres Rouge 2015  Front Label
    Chateau de la Negly Clos des Truffieres Rouge 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2015  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2015  Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    4.5 15 Ratings
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cantemerle  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Cantemerle 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS90
    • D90
    4.0 88 Ratings
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2015  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Rougeard Saumur Breze Blanc 2015  Front Label
    Clos Rougeard Saumur Breze Blanc 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2015 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru Blanc 2015 Front Label
    Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru Blanc 2015
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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