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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
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    Chateau La Mondotte (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Chateau La Lagune (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Fonroque (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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