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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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    Chene Bleu Heloise 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge Margot 2011 Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge Margot 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
      M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    • Calendal Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2011 Front Label
      Calendal Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2011 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Gerard Bertrand Cotes du Roussillon Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Roussillon-Tautavel, Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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    • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2011 Front Label
      Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2011
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    • Chateau Maris Les Planels Old Vine Syrah 2011 Front Label
      Chateau Maris Les Planels Old Vine Syrah 2011
      Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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    • Albert Bichot Cote de Nuits Villages 2011 Front Label
      Albert Bichot Cote de Nuits Villages 2011
      Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2011 Front Label
        Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2011
        Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Domaine le Garrigon 2011
        Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        • Gerard Bertrand Fitou 2011 Front Label
          Gerard Bertrand Fitou 2011
          Rhone Red Blends from Fitou, Languedoc, South of France, France
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        • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2011
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          Domaine Santa Duc Prestige des Hautes Garrigues Gigondas 2011
          Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2011 Front Label
          Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2011
          Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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        • Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Grand Cru Cotes de Provence Rose 2011 Front Label
          Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Grand Cru Cotes de Provence Rose 2011
          Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
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          • Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes 2011 Front Label
            Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes 2011
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Monopole Rouge 2011 Front Label
            Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Monopole Rouge 2011
            Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Delmas Cuvee Memoire 2011 Front Label
            Delmas Cuvee Memoire 2011
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Limoux, Languedoc, South of France, France
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            • Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011 Front Label
              Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011
              Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011 Front Label
              Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011
              Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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            • Cote des Roses Rouge 2011 Front Label
              Cote des Roses Rouge 2011
              Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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              • Grossot Mont de Milieu Chablis 2011 Front Label
                Grossot Mont de Milieu Chablis 2011
                Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                Domaine de Nizas Rose 2011
                Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
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