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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 Mouton Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2016 Front Label
    Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, 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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  • Trimbach Riesling 2016 Front Label
    Trimbach Riesling 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2016
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Savigny Les Beaune 2016  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Savigny Les Beaune 2016
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Delas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre 2016  Front Label
    Delas Chateauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, 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 Reynon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Reynon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2016  Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barville 2016  Front Label
    Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Barville 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, 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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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2016  Front Label
    Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2016
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Fixin 2016 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau de Vaudieu Val de Dieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Delas Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins 2016  Front Label
    Delas Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Selection Saint-Joseph Circa White 2016 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Selection Saint-Joseph Circa White 2016
    Rhone White Blends from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
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