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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 Rolet Arbois Vin Jaune (375ML half-bottle) 2010  Front Bottle Shot
    Domaine Rolet Arbois Vin Jaune (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Other White Wine from Jura, France
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  • Chateau De La Roulerie Coteaux du Layon (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau De La Roulerie Coteaux du Layon (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Chateau Marsau  (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Marsau (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Merlot from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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  • Marc Bredif Vouvray (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Marc Bredif Vouvray (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Guigal Gigondas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
      Guigal Gigondas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2010
      Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
      Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2010
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
      Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (375ML half-bottle) 2010
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Gravas Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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        • Chateau Lynch-Bages Echo de (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Chateau Lynch-Bages Echo de (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Domaine Sarrazin Givry Sous La Roche Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Domaine Sarrazin Givry Sous La Roche Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Pinot Noir from Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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          • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
            Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2010
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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            Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau (375ML half-bottle) 2010
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Chateau Doisy Daene (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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            • Chateau Cantegril (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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              • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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              • Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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                • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                  Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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