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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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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum - in Wood Box) 2006 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum - in Wood Box) 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Chateau d'Issan (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (1.5L Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (1.5L Magnum) 2006
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Perrier-Jouet Rose Belle Epoque (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Perrier-Jouet Rose Belle Epoque (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (3 Liter Bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (3 Liter Bottle) 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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