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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 Cheval Blanc  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Montrose 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gloria  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Gloria 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier  2017 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Talbot 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pape Clement 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, 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 Fombrauge  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Fombrauge 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Premier Cru Monopole  2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Premier Cru Monopole 2016
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Beychevelle 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc 2017
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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