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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 de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Lestage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Clos du Roy  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Clos du Roy 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Cardonne  2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Cardonne 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2016
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, 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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  • Chateau Canon  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Delas Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins 2016  Front Label
    Delas Crozes-Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Giscours  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Bernard Moreau St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Bernard Moreau St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2016
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas 2016  Front Label
    Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau la Chandelliere  2016  Front Label
    Chateau la Chandelliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges Puisseguin-St. Emilion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau L'Evangile  2016 Front Label
    Chateau L'Evangile 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2016  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2016  Front Label
    Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Chateau Lassegue  2016  Front Label
      Chateau Lassegue 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016  Front Label
      Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016
      Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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