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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 Lafleur-Gazin 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2017 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brisson  2017 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Maris La Touge 2017 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Saint Roch Cotes du Roussillon Kerbuccio Maury Sec 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Saint Roch Cotes du Roussillon Kerbuccio Maury Sec 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Maury, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Clos St. Antonin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas Lieu-Dit Les Trois Yeux 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas Lieu-Dit Les Trois Yeux 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  2017 Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Marquis d'Alesme Becker 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Marquis d'Alesme Becker 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenet Le Fervent Rose 2017 Front Label
    Tenet Le Fervent Rose 2017
    Rosé from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Saje Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017 Front Label
    Domaine de Saje Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Maury, Roussillon, South of France, France
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  • Chateau de Vaudieu L'Avenue Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Vaudieu L'Avenue Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Grand Vin 2017 Front Label
    Chateau de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Grand Vin 2017
    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2017  Front Label
    Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais Red 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau L'Evangile Blason de L'Evangile 2017  Front Label
    Chateau L'Evangile Blason de L'Evangile 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de la Negly Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape L'Ancely 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de la Negly Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape L'Ancely 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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