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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 Haut Peyruguet  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Haut Peyruguet 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Colombier  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Colombier 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Perriere Lussac St.-Emilion 2018  Front Label
    Chateau La Perriere Lussac St.-Emilion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau German  2018  Front Label
    Chateau German 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rieussec R de Rieussec Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Rieussec R de Rieussec Blanc 2018
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Mongravey  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Mongravey 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Picque-Caillou  2018  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens Bordeaux Superieur 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018
    Viognier from Rhone, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville 2018  Front Label
    Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Maison Brotte La Marasque Gigondas 2018  Front Label
    Maison Brotte La Marasque Gigondas 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018
    Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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  • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2018  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Mangot  2018 Front Label
    Chateau Mangot 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut Surget  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Haut Surget 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Carlmagnus 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Cailleret Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Cailleret Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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