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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 de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017  Front Label
    Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent 2017  Front Label
    Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Alex Gambal Chassagne-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
    Alex Gambal Chassagne-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee 2017
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Alex Gambal Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017  Front Label
    Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Benjamin Leroux Meursault La Piece Sous le Bois Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Santenay Clos Faubard Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Santenay Clos Faubard Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Philippe Colin St-Aubin Premier Cru Charmois 2017  Front Label
    Philippe Colin St-Aubin Premier Cru Charmois 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Hubert Lamy St-Aubin En Remilly Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Alex Gambal Chassagne-Montrachet La Maltroie Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Ronciere Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Marsannay Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Marsannay Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Benjamin Leroux Auxey-Duresses 2017
    Chardonnay from Auxey-Duresses, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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