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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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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum - in Wood Box) 2006  Gift Product Image
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum - in Wood Box) 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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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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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 2006 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 2006
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Gosset Grand Millesime Brut 2006 Front Label
    Gosset Grand Millesime Brut 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
    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, South of France, France
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    • Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2006 Front Label
      Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2006
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Roussillon-Tautavel, Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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    • Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu Coteaux de l'Ardeche 2006 Front Label
      Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu Coteaux de l'Ardeche 2006
      Other Red Blends from 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Bollinger Limited Edition Brut Rose in Metal Gift Box 2006 Front Label
      Bollinger Limited Edition Brut Rose in Metal Gift Box 2006
      Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, 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 Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rouge 2006 Front Label
        Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rouge 2006
        Other Red Blends from Provence, South of France, France
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      • Frederic Magnien Chambolle-Musigny Les Chabiots Premier Cru 2006  Front Bottle Shot
        Frederic Magnien Chambolle-Musigny Les Chabiots Premier Cru 2006
        Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2006 Front Label
          M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2006
          Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, 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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          • Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge Margot 2006 Front Label
            Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge Margot 2006
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, 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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            • Mas de la Dame La Gourmande 2006 Front Label
              Mas de la Dame La Gourmande 2006
              Rhone Red Blends from Provence, South of France, France
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              • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2006 Front Label
                Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2006
                Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, 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 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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                • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006 Front Label
                  Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006
                  Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 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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