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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 Lafite Rothschild  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de la Negly Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape L'Ancely 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de la Negly Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape L'Ancely 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ferran  2017  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Maison Brotte Creation Grosset Cairanne 2017  Front Label
    Maison Brotte Creation Grosset Cairanne 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Latour Beaune Vignes Franches Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Beaune Vignes Franches Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2017
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    • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2017  Front Label
      Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2017
      Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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    • Chateau Bellegrave  2017  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
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      • Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2017  Front Label
        Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2017
        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Remoissenet Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
        Remoissenet Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee Les Petits Monts Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee Les Petits Monts Premier Cru 2017
        Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Chateau Larose Perganson  2017  Front Label
        Chateau Larose Perganson 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau L'Evangile Blason de L'Evangile 2017  Front Label
        Chateau L'Evangile Blason de L'Evangile 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2017  Front Label
        Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2017
        Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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