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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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  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Chateau Lafleur-Gazin  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lafleur-Gazin 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Bouquet de Garrigues 2017  Front Label
    Clos du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Bouquet de Garrigues 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2017  Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brisson  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brisson 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Maris La Touge 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Maris La Touge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Xavier Monnot Beaune Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Xavier Monnot Beaune Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reine Jeanne 2017  Front Label
    Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reine Jeanne 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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  • Clos St. Antonin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Clos St. Antonin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 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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  • Maison Brotte Marandy Saint-Joseph 2017  Front Label
    Maison Brotte Marandy Saint-Joseph 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Robert-Denogent Saint-Veran Les Pommards 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Robert-Denogent Saint-Veran Les Pommards 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal Gigondas Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Guigal Gigondas Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Bouthieres 2017 Front Label
    Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Bouthieres 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, 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
    • JD90
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