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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 Rauzan-Segla  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Patrice Rion Nuits-St-Georges Clos Saint-Marc Premier Cru Monopole 2015 Front Label
    Patrice Rion Nuits-St-Georges Clos Saint-Marc Premier Cru Monopole 2015
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2015  Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Olga Raffault Les Picasses 2015  Front Label
    Olga Raffault Les Picasses 2015
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Aloxe-Corton La Toppe Au Vert Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Aloxe-Corton La Toppe Au Vert Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Georges Lignier & Fils Morey-Saint-Denis 2015  Front Label
    Domaine Georges Lignier & Fils Morey-Saint-Denis 2015
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2015 Front Label
    Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere  2015  Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fonplegade  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Fonplegade 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cote de Baleau  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Cote de Baleau 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Les Sables de la Crau 2015 Front Label
    Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Les Sables de la Crau 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Nicolas Badel Saint-Joseph Les Mourrays 2015  Front Label
    Nicolas Badel Saint-Joseph Les Mourrays 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine De La Verde Vacqueyras Prelude 2015 Front Label
    Domaine De La Verde Vacqueyras Prelude 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Vacqueyras, Rhone, France
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  • Philippe Livera Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Village 2015 Front Label
    Philippe Livera Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Village 2015
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Haut Lafitte 2015  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Haut Lafitte 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine du Pesquier Gigondas 2015 Front Label
    Domaine du Pesquier Gigondas 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse Les Clos Reyssie 2015  Front Label
    Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse Les Clos Reyssie 2015
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chereau Carre l'Oiseliniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le Clos 2015  Front Label
    Chereau Carre l'Oiseliniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le Clos 2015
    Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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  • Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg 2015  Front Label
    Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg 2015
    Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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  • Laherte Freres Extra Brut Rose de Saignee Les Beaudiers 2015  Front Label
    Laherte Freres Extra Brut Rose de Saignee Les Beaudiers 2015
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Fonreaud Listrac-Medoc 2015  Front Label
    Chateau Fonreaud Listrac-Medoc 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Meursault Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Chateau de Meursault Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2015
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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