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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 de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau de Vaudieu Val de Dieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • OKO Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 2006 Front Label
    OKO Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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    • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2006 Front Label
      Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
      Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2006 Front Label
      Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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    • Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu Coteaux de l'Ardeche 2006 Front Label
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      Other Red Blends from France
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    • Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck Label 2006 Front Label
      Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck Label 2006
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006 Front Label
      Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    • Bollinger Limited Edition Brut Rose in Metal Gift Box 2006 Front Label
      Bollinger Limited Edition Brut Rose in Metal Gift Box 2006
      Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2006 Front Label
      Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2006
      Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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    • Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2006 Front Label
      Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vieilles Vignes 2006
      Melon de Bourgogne from Loire, France
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      • Mas de la Dame La Gourmande 2006 Front Label
        Mas de la Dame La Gourmande 2006
        Rhone Red Blends from Provence, France
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        • Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rouge 2006 Front Label
          Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rouge 2006
          Other Red Blends from Provence, France
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        • Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge Margot 2006 Front Label
          Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge Margot 2006
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • Domaine de la Vougeraie Beaune La Montee Rouge 2006 Front Label
            Domaine de la Vougeraie Beaune La Montee Rouge 2006
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2006 Front Label
            Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2006
            Riesling from Alsace, France
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          • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rose 2006 Front Label
            Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rose 2006
            Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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            • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2006 Front Label
              Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2006
              Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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              • Jaboulet Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre 2006 Front Label
                Jaboulet Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre 2006
                Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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                • Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2006 Front Label
                  Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2006
                  Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
                  Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2006
                  Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2006 Front Label
                  Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2006
                  Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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