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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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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2014 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2014
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Greysac  2014 Front Label
    Chateau Greysac 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambolle Musigny 2014  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambolle Musigny 2014
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Duverger 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, 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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      • Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges 2014  Front Label
        Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges 2014
        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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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      • Chateau Loudenne  2014  Front Label
        Chateau Loudenne 2014
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, 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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      • Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2014  Front Label
        Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2014
        Cabernet Franc from Saumur, Loire, France
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        • Bouchard Pere & Fils Pommard 2014 Front Label
          Bouchard Pere & Fils Pommard 2014
          Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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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          • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2014 Front Label
            Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2014
            Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, 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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