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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 Calon-Segur (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Doisy Daene (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Chateau Doisy Daene (375ML half-bottle). 2015
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    • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
      Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2015
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Cote de Baleau (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
      Chateau Cote de Baleau (375ML half-bottle) 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Coutet (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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      • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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      • Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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        • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
          Domaine Vacheron Sancerre (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • Guigal Gigondas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
          Guigal Gigondas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion (375ML) 2015 Front Label
          Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion (375ML) 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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        • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
          Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        • Hugel Classic Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
          Hugel Classic Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Riesling from Alsace, France
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        • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
          Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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        • Chateau Haut-Brisson (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
          Chateau Haut-Brisson (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Siran (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
          Chateau Siran (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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          • Chateau Climens (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Chateau Climens (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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          • Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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          • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Billaud-Simon Chablis Mont de Milieu Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle)  2015 Front Label
            Billaud-Simon Chablis Mont de Milieu Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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