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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 Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Premier
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Rose with Gift Box 2012  Front Bottle Shot
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose with Gift Box 2012
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Fombrauge  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fombrauge 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2016  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018
    Viognier from Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2019
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019  Front Label
    Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2019  Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, 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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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz 2019  Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline 2018  Front Label
    Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline 2018
    Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine St. Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes 2018  Front Label
    Domaine St. Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Reserve 2018  Front Label
    Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Reserve 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, 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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  • Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France
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  • Georges Vernay St Joseph Terres d'Encre 2018  Front Label
    Georges Vernay St Joseph Terres d'Encre 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Fonplegade  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fonplegade 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2018  Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Clos St. Antonin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Clos St. Antonin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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