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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 Panigon  2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Panigon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Brown  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Fourtet  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gloria  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Gloria 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malescot St. Exupery  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Laroque  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Laroque 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lagrange  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lagrange 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Barde Haut  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Barde Haut 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ausone  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Ausone 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau des Mille Anges  2016  Front Label
    Chateau des Mille Anges 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Berliquet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Berliquet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Chauvin  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Chauvin 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    4.5 11 Ratings
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  • Domaine Gourt de Mautens Vaucluse Rouge 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Gourt de Mautens Vaucluse Rouge 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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