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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 Leoville Barton (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2017 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2017
    Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Novellum Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (1.5L Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (1.5L Magnum) 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Palmer (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017 Front Label
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    Chateau Montrose (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tour Saint Christophe (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Tour Saint Christophe (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017  Front Label
    Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champgains Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champgains Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2017
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2017  Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais White 2017
    Rhone White Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clos Marsalette (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Clos Marsalette (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Les Quartz 2017  Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Les Quartz 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2017  Front Label
    Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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