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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 Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Le Gay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Chateau Le Gay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum - slightly scuffed label) 2008 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum - slightly scuffed label) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Troplong Mondot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Chateau Troplong Mondot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage Luminous Bottle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage Luminous Bottle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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