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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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  • Les Dauphins Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2018  Front Label
    Les Dauphins Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Petit Chablis, Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Laroque (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Laroque (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Fleurs de Prairie Rose 2018 Front Label
    Fleurs de Prairie Rose 2018
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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    Chateau Dalem (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rieussec R de Rieussec Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Rieussec R de Rieussec Blanc 2018
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champgains Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champgains Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Fye 2018  Front Label
    Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Fye 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • J. Moreau & Fils Chablis 2018  Front Label
    J. Moreau & Fils Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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