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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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  • Chateau Langlet Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Langlet Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, 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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  • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Biscaye Baie Cotes de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Front Label
    Biscaye Baie Cotes de Gascogne Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Southwest, 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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  • Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2019
    Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand An 825 Cremant de Limoux Brut 2019  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand An 825 Cremant de Limoux Brut 2019
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Cremant de Limoux, Limoux, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Minuty Rose et Or 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Minuty Rose et Or 2019
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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