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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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  • Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits-St-Georges Clos de la Marechale Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits-St-Georges Clos de la Marechale Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Sur La Roche (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Sur La Roche (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Arnaud Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Arnaud Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Milly Lamartine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Milly Lamartine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Les Champans Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Les Champans Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (3 Liter Bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault Poruzots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
    Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault Poruzots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Les Ronchevats (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Les Ronchevats (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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