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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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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Bellegrave  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Bellegrave 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 2019
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2019
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour 2019  Front Label
    Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour 2019
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Part des Anges 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Part des Anges 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Marsau (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Marsau (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Picque-Caillou  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Picque-Caillou 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee 2019
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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