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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 Pichon-Longueville Baron  2019 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Bourdieu  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Bourdieu 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Bourdieu No.1 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Bourdieu No.1 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau L'Evangile  2019  Front Label
    Chateau L'Evangile 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Lagune  2019  Front Label
    Chateau La Lagune 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brisson  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brisson 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Saint-Pierre  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Pierre 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine des Lambrays Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Clos du Cailleret 2019  Front Label
    Domaine des Lambrays Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Clos du Cailleret 2019
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Cap de Faugeres  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Cap de Faugeres 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Gloria  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Gloria 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montlandrie  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Montlandrie 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Capbern   2019  Front Label
    Chateau Capbern 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel Pagodes de Cos 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel Pagodes de Cos 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Phelan Segur (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Phelan Segur (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Moussas  2019 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Moussas 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Cantemerle  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Cantemerle 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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