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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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  • 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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  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (3 Liter Bottle - Jeroboam) Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (3 Liter Bottle - Jeroboam)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold (1.5 Liter Magnum) Front Label
    Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold (1.5 Liter Magnum)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Canon (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac (3 Liter Bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum)  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre (3 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly (3 Liter Bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly (3 Liter Bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases (3 Liter Bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases (3 Liter Bottle Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild Le Petit Mouton (1.5 Liter Magnum Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild Le Petit Mouton (1.5 Liter Magnum Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier (1.5 Liter Magnum Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier (1.5 Liter Magnum Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Carruades de Lafite (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Carruades de Lafite (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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