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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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    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Doisy Daene (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Other Dessert from Barsac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Riesling 2015  Front Label
      Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Riesling 2015
      Riesling from Alsace, France
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      • Miraval Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
        Miraval Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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        • Guigal Gigondas Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
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          Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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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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          Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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          Tour Saint Christophe (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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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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        • Chateau Cantemerle (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
          Chateau Cantemerle (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          Chateau Siran (375ML half-bottle) 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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          Chateau Coutet (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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          • Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Grand Cru Cotes de Provence Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Grand Cru Cotes de Provence Rose (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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          • Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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          • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (375ML half-bottle) 2015
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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            Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barville (375ML Half-Bottle) 2015
            Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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