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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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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum - in Wood Box) 2006 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum - in Wood Box) 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Gosset Grand Millesime Brut 2006 Front Label
    Gosset Grand Millesime Brut 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
    Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu Coteaux de l'Ardeche 2006 Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck Label 2006 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck Label 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2006 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2006
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2006 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2006 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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  • Krug Brut with Gift Box 2006  Front Bottle Shot
    Krug Brut with Gift Box 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill with Gift Box 2006 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill with Gift Box 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2006
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2006  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Nicolas Potel Echezeaux 2006 Front Label
    Nicolas Potel Echezeaux 2006
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu 2006  Front Label
    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2006
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2006 Front Label
    Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2006
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2006 Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Didier Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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