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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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  • Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines 2017  Front Label
    Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, 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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  • 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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  • Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2017  Front Label
    Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Clos St. Antonin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Clos St. Antonin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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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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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, 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 Smith Haut Lafitte  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brisson  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brisson 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2017 Front Label
    Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, 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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  • Maison Brotte Creation Grosset Cru des Cotes du Rhone 2017  Front Label
    Maison Brotte Creation Grosset Cru des Cotes du Rhone 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, 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 Canon  2017  Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Charly Thevenet Regnie Grain and Granit 2017 Front Label
    Charly Thevenet Regnie Grain and Granit 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Pey La Tour Reserve 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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