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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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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2013
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2013  Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Calendal Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2013 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lucien Le Moine Volnay Santenots Premier Cru 2013  Front Label
    Lucien Le Moine Volnay Santenots Premier Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne 2013 Front Label
    Delas Cote Rotie La Landonne 2013
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  • Lucien Le Moine Nuits-St-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2013 Front Label
    Lucien Le Moine Nuits-St-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2013 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2013 Front Label
    Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Secret des Sabon 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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