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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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    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2013
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage Rare with Gift Box 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, 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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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008  Front Label
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    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Drappier Grande Sendree Brut 2010  Front Label
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2007  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2007
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2006  Front Label
    Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2006
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  • Chateau Margaux  2000 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, 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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  • Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2014 Front Label
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    Henriot Brut Vintage Rose 2012
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  • Remoissenet Beaune Greves Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007  Front Label
    Remoissenet Beaune Greves Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, 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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