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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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    Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2014
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  • Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-Les-Beaune (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-Les-Beaune (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
      Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2014
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    • Billaud-Simon Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
      Billaud-Simon Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Doisy Daene (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
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      • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
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        • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
          Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2014
          Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
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        • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
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        • Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
          Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2014
          Mourvedre from Bandol, Provence, South of France, France
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        • Domaine Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits Fontaine St. Martin Monopole (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
          Domaine Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits Fontaine St. Martin Monopole (375ML half-bottle) 2014
          Pinot Noir from Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Guigal Gigondas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
          Guigal Gigondas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2014
          Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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        • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
          William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Vidal-Fleury Beaumes de Venise Muscat (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
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          • Chateau Climens (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
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          • Chateau Canon (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
            Chateau Canon (375ML half-bottle) 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
            William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
            William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2014
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Chateau Haut-Brisson (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Brisson (375ML half-bottle) 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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