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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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  • 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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  • Chateau Fombrauge  2016  Front Label
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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2016  Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mont Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
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  • Chateau Joanin Becot  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
    Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Marsau  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, 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 Leoville Las Cases  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier  2016 Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, 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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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Prieure-Lichine  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Prieure-Lichine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2016  Front Label
    Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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