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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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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Chateau Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose (3 Liter Bottle) 2010  Front Label
    Chateau Montrose (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Figeac (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale (1.5 Liter) 2010  Front Label
    Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale (1.5 Liter) 2010
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Les Bessards (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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