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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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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Novellum Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
    Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Prestige 2017 Front Label
    Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Prestige 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Crozes-Hermitage 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Crozes-Hermitage 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages 2017
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas le Claux 2017
      Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2017 Front Label
      Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2017
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Moulin-A-Vent 2017  Front Label
      Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Moulin-A-Vent 2017
      Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2017  Front Label
      Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2017
      Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017 Front Label
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        Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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      • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2017
        Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017  Front Label
        Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2017
        Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        • Eric Chevalier Val de Loire IGP Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Eric Chevalier Val de Loire IGP Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Loire, France
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          • Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge 2017  Front Label
            Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge 2017
            Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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          • Chateau Sainte Marguerite L'Esprit Rose 2017 Front Label
            Chateau Sainte Marguerite L'Esprit Rose 2017
            Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, France
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            • Chateau Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
              Chateau Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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