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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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    Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2010  Front Bottle Shot
    Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2010
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Taittinger Brut La Francaise Front Label
    Taittinger Brut La Francaise
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve  Front Label
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    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Hampton Water Rose 2020  Front Label
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    Rosé from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Krug Grande Cuvee Brut (169th Edition) with Gift Box  Front Bottle Shot
    Krug Grande Cuvee Brut (169th Edition) with Gift Box
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine de Triennes Rose 2020  Front Label
    Domaine de Triennes Rose 2020
    Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
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  • JCB No. 69 Brut Rose Cremant de Bourgogne  Front Label
    JCB No. 69 Brut Rose Cremant de Bourgogne
    Sparkling Rosé from Burgundy, France
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  • Henriot Brut Millesime 2008  Front Label
    Henriot Brut Millesime 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Les Puillets Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Les Puillets Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut Front Label
    Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from France
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  • Chateau Castera  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Castera 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Vignelaure Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Vignelaure Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose 2020
    Rosé from Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Domaine du Pere Caboche Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2020  Front Label
    Domaine du Pere Caboche Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2020
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2019
    Pinot Noir from Hautes Cotes de Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Miraval Rose 2020  Front Label
    Miraval Rose 2020
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Brotte La Marasque Gigondas 2018  Front Label
    Maison Brotte La Marasque Gigondas 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Santenay Hautes Cotes de Beaune Clos Philippe le Hardi Monopole 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Santenay Hautes Cotes de Beaune Clos Philippe le Hardi Monopole 2019
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose  Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Langlet Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Langlet Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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  • Canard-Duchene Brut Front Label
    Canard-Duchene Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    4.1 106 Ratings
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