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French wine is 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 French 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 Pape Clement 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau des Mille Anges  2016  Front Label
    Chateau des Mille Anges 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2016
    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 Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Ausone 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Les Trois Croix 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau L'Eglise Clinet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Vin 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Vin 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Les Forts de Latour  2016  Front Label
    Les Forts de Latour 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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