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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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  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, 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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  • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2017
    Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, 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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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2017 Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017
    Viognier from Rhone, France
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  • Ostertag Vieille Vignes Sylvaner 2017  Front Label
    Ostertag Vieille Vignes Sylvaner 2017
    Silvaner from Alsace, France
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  • Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rose 2017  Front Label
    Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rose 2017
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Bordeaux, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Minervois 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Minervois 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2017  Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose 2017
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Cremant de Limoux, Limoux, Languedoc, South of France, France
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    • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines GSM 2017  Front Label
      Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines GSM 2017
      Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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    • Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas 2017  Front Label
      Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas 2017
      Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2017 Front Label
      Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2017
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2017  Front Label
      Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2017
      Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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    • Chateau de Vaudieu L'Avenue Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
      Chateau de Vaudieu L'Avenue Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2017
      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Clos Cibonne Cuvee Speciale Rouge 2017 Front Label
      Clos Cibonne Cuvee Speciale Rouge 2017
      Other Red Blends from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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      • Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017 Front Label
        Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Riesling 2017
        Riesling from Alsace, France
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      • Chateau de Pez  2017  Front Label
        Chateau de Pez 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
        Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2017
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 2017  Front Label
        Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 2017
        Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017  Front Label
        Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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