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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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lestage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Perriere Lussac St.-Emilion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Chateau Lyonnat Lussac Saint Emilion 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Picque-Caillou 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Henriot Brut Souverain (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Henriot Brut Blanc de Blancs
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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    Bruno Paillard Rose Premiere Cuvee
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Bollinger Brut Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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