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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 de Panigon  2016  Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau de Panigon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Louis Bernard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Louis Bernard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2016 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2016
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Yon  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Yon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Grand Colombier Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Grand Colombier Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Marsau  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Marsau 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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  • Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2016  Front Label
    Michel Gassier Lou Coucardie Blanc 2016
    Rhone White Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Cardonne  2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Cardonne 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Lestage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Blaignan  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Blaignan 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Maison Chanzy Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2016  Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016  Front Label
    Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    4.6 43 Ratings
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  • Chateau Palmer  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • JS98
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    • WS94
    5.0 9 Ratings
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    4.3 50 Ratings
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