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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 Canon  2014 Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2014  Front Label
    Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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    • Clos Rougeard Breze 2014  Front Bottle Shot
      Clos Rougeard Breze 2014
      Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2014 Front Label
      Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Loudenne  2014  Front Label
      Chateau Loudenne 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Haut-Duverger 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2014 Front Label
        Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2014
        Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Simone Rouge 2014  Front Label
        Chateau Simone Rouge 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Provence, South of France, France
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        • Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2014 Front Label
          Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2014
          Other White Wine from Vin de France, France
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        • Chateau Les Trois Croix  2014 Front Label
          Chateau Les Trois Croix 2014
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux 2014  Front Bottle Shot
          Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux 2014
          Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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        • Chateau Meyney La Chapelle de Meyney 2014 Front Label
          Chateau Meyney La Chapelle de Meyney 2014
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        • Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Blanc de Blancs Brut 2014  Front Label
          Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Blanc de Blancs Brut 2014
          Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        • Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry Crausot Premier Cru Blanc 2014 Front Label
          Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry Crausot Premier Cru Blanc 2014
          Chardonnay from Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Huet Petillant Vouvray 2014 Front Label
          Domaine Huet Petillant Vouvray 2014
          Vintage Sparkling Wine from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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