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French wine is 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 French 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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  • Nicolas Potel Beaujolais Villages 2019  Front Label
    Nicolas Potel Beaujolais Villages 2019
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    • Dopff & Irion Cuvee Rene Riesling 2019  Front Label
      Dopff & Irion Cuvee Rene Riesling 2019
      Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2019  Front Label
      Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2019
      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Le Paradou Grenache 2019  Front Label
      Le Paradou Grenache 2019
      Grenache from France
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      • Duboeuf Fleurie 2019  Front Label
        Duboeuf Fleurie 2019
        Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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      • Chateau Maris Rouge 2019  Front Label
        Chateau Maris Rouge 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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        • Les Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
          Les Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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          • Duboeuf Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
            Duboeuf Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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            • Hugel Gentil 2019  Front Label
              Hugel Gentil 2019
              Other White Blends from Alsace, France
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            • Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2019  Front Label
              Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon 2019
              Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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