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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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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2019  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2019
    Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Triennes Rose 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de Triennes Rose 2019
    Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
    • WW90
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  • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, 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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    • Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2019  Front Label
      Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2019
      Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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      • Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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        • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2019  Front Label
          M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2019
          Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
          • WE89
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        • Fat Bastard Syrah 2019  Front Label
          Fat Bastard Syrah 2019
          Syrah/Shiraz from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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          • Fat Bastard Merlot 2019  Front Label
            Fat Bastard Merlot 2019
            Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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            • Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2019  Front Label
              Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2019
              Other White Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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              • Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James Basket Press Blanc 2019  Front Label
                Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James Basket Press Blanc 2019
                Rhone White Blends from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                • Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                  Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Vin de France, France
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                  • Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2019  Front Label
                    Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2019
                    Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
                    • WW90
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                  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 2019  Front Label
                    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 2019
                    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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