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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 Margaux  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Mas Janeil Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2012 Front Label
    Mas Janeil Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2012 Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2012
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2012 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Maison Champy Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2012  Front Label
    Maison Champy Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra Brut 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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