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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 de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, 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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Tournefeuille Lalande-de-Pomerol 2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau le Doyenne  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion 2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Blaignan  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Blaignan 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016  Front Label
    Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, 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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Cardonne  2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Cardonne 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2016 Front Label
    Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2016
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau la Chandelliere  2016  Front Label
    Chateau la Chandelliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud Petit Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud Petit Guiraud Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc 2016
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Marrenon Ventoux Orca Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
    Marrenon Ventoux Orca Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Ventoux, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Chateau des Mille Anges 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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