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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 Laroque (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Les Charmes-Godard Blanc 2018 Front Label
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de la Negly La Clape La Brise Marine Blanc 2018  Front Label
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    Rhone White Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux White Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ferran Blanc 2018  Front Label
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  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Fye 2018  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2018  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de France Blanc 2018 Front Label
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  • Daniel Bouland Morgon Pre Jourdan 2018  Front Label
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  • Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas 2018  Front Label
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2018
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Dalem (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2018 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette 2018
    Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Daniel Bouland Cote de Brouilly Cuvee Melanie 2018  Front Label
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    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champgains Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champgains Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Chateau de Vaudieu Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Chateau de Vaudieu Blanc 2018
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Font du Vent Cuvee Tradition Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Font du Vent Cuvee Tradition Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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