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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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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2013 Front Label
    Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2013 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Vin de France, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2013
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Michel Gassier Cercius Rouge 2013 Front Label
    Michel Gassier Cercius Rouge 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Les Aspres 2013 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Roussillon-Les Aspres, Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Front Label
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  • Chateau Maris Natural Selection Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Chateau Maris Natural Selection Syrah 2013
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    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2013 Front Label
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    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chapelle St. Theodoric Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse 2013 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2013 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2013
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2013 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Rouge 2013 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Rouge 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Thorey Monopole Premier Cru 2013 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Thorey Monopole Premier Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Clusel-Roch Cote-Rotie Classique 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Varonniers 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2013
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2013
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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