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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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  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Ruinart Brut Rose (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Ruinart Brut Rose (375ML half-bottle)
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose (375ML half-bottle)
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Taittinger Brut La Francaise (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Taittinger Brut La Francaise (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2020  Front Label
    Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2020
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Coutet (375ML Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Coutet (375ML Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Other Dessert from Barsac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
      Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut (375ML half-bottle)
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
      Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs (375ML half-bottle)
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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      4.5 38 Ratings
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    • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere (375ML half-bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
      Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere (375ML half-bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Guiraud Petit Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
      Chateau Guiraud Petit Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    • Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
      Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (375ML half-bottle)
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
      Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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    • Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve (375ML half-bottle)  Front Label
      Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve (375ML half-bottle)
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Miraval Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2020  Front Label
      Miraval Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2020
      Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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    • Drappier Carte d'Or Brut (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
      Drappier Carte d'Or Brut (375ML half-bottle)
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (375ML Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
      Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (375ML Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Phelan Segur (375ML half-bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
        Chateau Phelan Segur (375ML half-bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        • V95
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        • D94
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