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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 L'Evangile Blason de L'Evangile 2014 Front Label
    Chateau L'Evangile Blason de L'Evangile 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2014 Front Label
    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2014
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Lirac La Lorentine 2014  Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Lirac La Lorentine 2014
    Rhone Red Blends from Lirac, 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 Simone Rouge 2014  Front Label
      Chateau Simone Rouge 2014
      Rhone Red Blends from Provence, South of France, 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 de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014 Front Label
        Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, 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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      • Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Les Pins (500 ML) 2014 Front Label
        Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Les Pins (500 ML) 2014
        Other Dessert from Southwest, France
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          • Hecht & Bannier Minervois 2014 Front Label
            Hecht & Bannier Minervois 2014
            Other Red Blends from Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
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            • Chateau Jaumard (OU Kosher) 2014 Front Label
              Chateau Jaumard (OU Kosher) 2014
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Camplay (OU Kosher) 2014  Front Label
                Chateau Camplay (OU Kosher) 2014
                Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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                  • Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2014 Front Label
                    Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2014
                    Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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                    • Meyer-Fonne Wineck-Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling 2014  Front Label
                      Meyer-Fonne Wineck-Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling 2014
                      Riesling from Alsace, 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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                    • Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2014 Front Label
                      Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2014
                      Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre 2014 Front Label
                      Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre 2014
                      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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