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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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  • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais L'Ancien Vieilles Vignes 2009 Front Label
    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais L'Ancien Vieilles Vignes 2009
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    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Ferraton Pere & Fils La Matiniere Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2009 Front Label
    Ferraton Pere & Fils La Matiniere Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2009
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2009  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2009
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut 2009  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chene Bleu Heloise 2009 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2009 Front Label
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux 2009 Front Label
    Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chereau Carre Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Chateau Chesnaie 2009 Front Label
    Chereau Carre Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Chateau Chesnaie 2009
    Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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  • Chene Bleu Abelard 2009 Front Label
    Chene Bleu Abelard 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rouge 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rouge 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with Gift Box 2009  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with Gift Box 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de Noire Chinon Soif de Tendresse Rouge 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de Noire Chinon Soif de Tendresse Rouge 2009
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2009
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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