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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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  • Vigerons de Caractere Domaine Mas Du Bouquet Vacqueyras 2010 Front Label
    Vigerons de Caractere Domaine Mas Du Bouquet Vacqueyras 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2010 Front Label
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2010 Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2010 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Petite Chapelle 2010 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Petite Chapelle 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2010 Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2010 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2010
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chene Bleu Abelard 2010  Front Label
    Chene Bleu Abelard 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2010
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  • Olga Raffault Les Picasses 2010 Front Label
    Olga Raffault Les Picasses 2010
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2010 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2010
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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