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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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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, 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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  • Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2019  Front Label
    Cellier des Dauphins Reserve Cotes du Rhone 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2019
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, 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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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Fagolet Morgon Le Janin 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Fagolet Morgon Le Janin 2019
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Mercurey En Pierre Milley 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Mercurey En Pierre Milley 2019
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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