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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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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2019  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2019
    Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Reverence  2019  Front Label
    Chateau La Reverence Grand Cru 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Fleur Cardinale (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Fleur Cardinale (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fombrauge (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Fontenil (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2019
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Lunelles (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Clos Lunelles (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Reserve de Malartic (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Les Tourelles de Longueville (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lafon-Rochet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Domaine 2019  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Domaine 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Marquis d'Alesme (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Gloria (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau L'Evangile (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Angelus (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Bellefont Belcier (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Faugeres (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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