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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 Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2009
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Chene Bleu Abelard 2009 Front Label
    Chene Bleu Abelard 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2009 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chene Bleu Heloise 2009 Front Label
    Chene Bleu Heloise 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Ferraton Pere & Fils La Matiniere Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2009 Front Label
    Ferraton Pere & Fils La Matiniere Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vigneau Chevreau Cuvee Silex Sec Vouvray 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Vigneau Chevreau Cuvee Silex Sec Vouvray 2009
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Domaine La Milliere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (half-bottle) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Reserve de Vaudon Chablis 2009 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Reserve de Vaudon Chablis 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2009 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2009 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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