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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 La Freynelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Chateau La Freynelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fonplegade  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fonplegade 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, 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 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 Picque-Caillou  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Picque-Caillou 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2018  Front Label
    Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Rayne Vigneau Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Rayne Vigneau Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau 2018
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz 2018  Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine les Pallieres  Gigondas Terraces Du Diable 2018  Front Label
    Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Terraces Du Diable 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Pesquie Quintessence 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018
    Rhone White Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2018  Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Fonroque  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fonroque 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Girard 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf-du-Pape Girard 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline 2018  Front Label
    Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline 2018
    Grenache from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2018  Front Label
    Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Mont des Oiseaux Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Mont des Oiseaux Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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