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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 Lafite Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016  Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru  2016 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Vin 2016 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Grand Mayne 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Quinault l'Enclos 2016
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2016
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Puech-Haut La Closerie du Pic 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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    Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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