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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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  • Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matiniere 2017  Front Label
    Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matiniere 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Preuses Domaine Long-Depaquit Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Chablis Les Preuses Domaine Long-Depaquit Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Thivin Brouilly Reverdon 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Thivin Brouilly Reverdon 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    • V91
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2017
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay En Caillerets Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay En Caillerets Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • V91
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  • Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gains Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gains Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Bellevue Mondotte  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Bellevue Mondotte 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-Les-Beaune 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-Les-Beaune 2017
    Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brisson  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brisson 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Philippe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Jean-Philippe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2017 Front Label
    Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017
    Viognier from Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot St-Aubin Le Charmois Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot St-Aubin Le Charmois Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Alain Chavy St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2017 Front Label
    Alain Chavy St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St. Jacques Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St. Jacques Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes Domaine Gagey Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes Domaine Gagey Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis 2017
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • V91
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