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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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  • Domaine Santa Duc Prestige des Hautes Garrigues Gigondas 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Santa Duc Prestige des Hautes Garrigues Gigondas 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Corvees Pagets Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Corvees Pagets Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2011 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2011 Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2011
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, 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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    • 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 de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu 2011 Front Label
      Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu 2011
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc 2011 Front Label
      Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc 2011
      Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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      • Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape 2011 Front Label
        Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape 2011
        Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
        Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2011
        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
        Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2011
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
        Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de Nizas Rose 2011 Front Label
        Domaine de Nizas Rose 2011
        Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
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        • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2011 Front Label
          Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2011
          Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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        • Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 Front Label
          Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2011 Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2011
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly La Reserve du Chateau 2011 Front Label
            Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly La Reserve du Chateau 2011
            Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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          • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2011 Front Label
            Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2011
            Riesling from Alsace, 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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          • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2011  Front Label
            Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2011
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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          • Gerard Bertrand Minervois 2011 Front Label
            Gerard Bertrand Minervois 2011
            Rhone Red Blends from Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
            Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2011
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Gilles Troullier L'Esprit du Temps 2011 Front Label
            Gilles Troullier L'Esprit du Temps 2011
            Grenache from Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2011 Front Label
            Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2011
            Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Roussillon-Tautavel, Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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          • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 2011 Front Label
            M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 2011
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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