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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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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaine de Triennes Rose 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de Triennes Rose 2019
    Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Clos du Temple Rose 2019  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Clos du Temple Rose 2019
    Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
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    • Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Bottle Shot
      Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2019
      Sauvignon Blanc from Vin de France, France
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      • Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019  Front Label
        Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019
        Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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      • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2019  Front Label
        Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2019
        Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Languedoc, South of France, France
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        • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019  Front Label
          Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2019  Front Label
          Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2019
          Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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          • Novellum Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Novellum Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Vin de France, France
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            • Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2019  Front Label
              Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2019
              Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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              • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2019  Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2019
                Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                • Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2019  Front Label
                  Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2019
                  Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                  • Chateau Picque-Caillou Blanc 2019  Front Label
                    Chateau Picque-Caillou Blanc 2019
                    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru Les Minots 2019  Front Label
                    Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru Les Minots 2019
                    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                  • Domaines Ott BY.OTT Rose 2019  Front Label
                    Domaines Ott BY.OTT Rose 2019
                    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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                    • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
                      Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Cabernet Franc 2019
                      Cabernet Franc from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                      • Gerard Bertrand Terroir Picpoul de Pinet 2019  Front Label
                        Gerard Bertrand Terroir Picpoul de Pinet 2019
                        Picpoul from Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, South of France, France
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                        • Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019  Front Label
                          Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019
                          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                          • Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019  Front Label
                            Domaine de la Solitude Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019
                            Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                            • Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2019  Front Label
                              Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone 2019
                              Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                            • Chateau de Saint Cosme Domaine de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albions Blanc 2019  Front Label
                              Chateau de Saint Cosme Domaine de Saint Cosme Les Deux Albions Blanc 2019
                              Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                              • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages 2019  Front Label
                                Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages 2019
                                Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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