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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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    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee Front Label
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  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
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    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019  Front Label
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    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Bandol Rose 2020  Front Label
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    Rosé from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008  Front Label
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    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose (375ML half-bottle)
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2007  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2007
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2013
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (3 Liter Bottle - Jeroboam) Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (3 Liter Bottle - Jeroboam)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau La Freynelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chateau La Freynelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2012
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, 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 Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Vignelaure Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Vignelaure Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose 2020
    Rosé from Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2018  Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2020  Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2020
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2020  Front Label
    Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2020
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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    4.3 5 Ratings
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