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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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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot  Vieilles Vignes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lignier-Michelot Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Lignier-Michelot Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Palmer (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Chateau Palmer (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Montille Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
    Domaine de Montille Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre (6 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre (6 Liter Bottle) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Sanctus Sanctorum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Sanctus Sanctorum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Carruades de Lafite (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009 Front Label
    Carruades de Lafite (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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