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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 Clos d'Ora Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Clos d'Ora Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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    Chateau Maris La Touge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Corbieres, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Jaboulet Les Jalets Rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2017  Front Label
    Jaboulet Les Jalets Rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Brut 2017 Front Label
      Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Brut 2017
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Bordeaux, 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 Unang Cotes du Ventoux 2017  Front Label
        Chateau Unang Cotes du Ventoux 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau Larose Perganson  2017  Front Label
          Chateau Larose Perganson 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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        • Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Sentiers Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
          Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Sentiers Premier Cru 2017
          Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017  Front Label
          Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017
          Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2017  Front Label
          Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2017
          Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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