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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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  • Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2010  Front Bottle Shot
    Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2010
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2020  Front Label
    Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2020
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Laroque (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Laroque (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Bandol Rose 2020  Front Label
    Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Bandol Rose 2020
    Rosé from Bandol, Provence, South of France, 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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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Pape Clement 6-Pack OWC (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement 6-Pack OWC (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (6-Pack OWC Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Latour (1-Bottle OWC) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Malescot St. Exupery (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Malescot St. Exupery (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier  2018  Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Giscours (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Giscours (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cote de Baleau (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Cote de Baleau (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Chevalier (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Domaine de Chevalier (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle No. 24  Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle No. 24
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Vieille Cure (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau La Vieille Cure (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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