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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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  • Tour Saint Christophe  2018  Front Label
    Tour Saint Christophe 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Laroque  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Laroque 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Tete de Cuvee 2018 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pedesclaux Fleur de Pedesclaux 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Pedesclaux Fleur de Pedesclaux 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Landiras  2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Landiras 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Fombrauge  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fombrauge 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Moulin-a-Vent Domaine de Rochegres 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Moulin-a-Vent Domaine de Rochegres 2018
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Hommage a Jean Ferte 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Hommage a Jean Ferte 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fonplegade  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fonplegade 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Billaud-Simon Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Billaud-Simon Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2018  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Albert Bichot Nuits-St-Georges Blanc Les Terrasses du Chateau Gris 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Nuits-St-Georges Blanc Les Terrasses du Chateau Gris 2018
    Chardonnay from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 2018  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny 2018
    Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
    • D92
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