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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 Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Laroque  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Laroque 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2016  Front Label
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2016 Front Label
    Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Ferran  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clos du Roy  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Clos du Roy 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Tabuteau Lussac St. Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Tabuteau Lussac St. Emilion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Berliquet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Berliquet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Marsau  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Marsau 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fleur Cardinale  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montlandrie  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Montlandrie 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cap de Faugeres  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Cap de Faugeres 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brisson  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brisson 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Troplong Mondot  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Troplong Mondot 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Delas Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins 2016  Front Label
    Delas Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Blaignan  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Blaignan 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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