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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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  • Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet En Remilly Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Paul Buisse Chinon 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Paul Buisse Chinon 2019
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Clos St Abdon Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Clos St Abdon Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse Emile Beranger 2019  Front Label
    Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse Emile Beranger 2019
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2019  Front Label
    Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2019
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Chateau de la Negly Coteaux du Languedoc La Cote 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de la Negly Coteaux du Languedoc La Cote 2019
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chaupin 2019  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Philippe Colin Bourgogne Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Bourgogne Blanc 2019
    Chardonnay from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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