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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 Rauzan-Segla  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henriot Brut Millesime 2008  Front Label
    Henriot Brut Millesime 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Pommery Cuvee Louise  2004  Front Label
    Pommery Cuvee Louise 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Henriot Brut Vintage Rose 2012 Front Label
    Henriot Brut Vintage Rose 2012
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru Blanc 2015 Front Label
    Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru Blanc 2015
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2015  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Clos Rougeard Saumur Breze Blanc 2015  Front Label
    Clos Rougeard Saumur Breze Blanc 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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    Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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