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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 de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Sanctus Sanctorum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019  Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Sanctus Sanctorum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2019  Front Label
    Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous 2019  Front Label
    Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Combe des Fous 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019  Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Mongravey  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Mongravey 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Mongeard-Mugneret Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Mongeard-Mugneret Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau d'Esclans Garrus Rose 2019  Front Label
    Chateau d'Esclans Garrus Rose 2019
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisiere Monopole 2019  Front Label
    Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisiere Monopole 2019
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2019
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2019  Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Maison Bleue 2019
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montmain Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montmain Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 2019
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Thierry Germain Saumur Champigny Franc de Pied 2019  Front Label
    Thierry Germain Saumur Champigny Franc de Pied 2019
    Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Domaine de L'Aigle Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Domaine de L'Aigle Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Limoux, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau La Reverence Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Chateau La Reverence Grand Cru 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP90
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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