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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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  • Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Coeur de Roy Tres Vieilles Vignes 2010 Front Label
    Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Coeur de Roy Tres Vieilles Vignes 2010
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton Les Perrieres Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lucien Le Moine Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Lucien Le Moine Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin 2010 Front Label
    Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin 2010
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dom. Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Dom. Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, 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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  • Louis Jadot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin (1.5L 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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  • 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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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (1.5L 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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