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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 Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cheval Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016
    Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Merlot from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly-Fume Les Cris 2016 Front Label
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    Grenache Blanc from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de la Negly Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape L'Ancely  2016  Front Label
    Chateau de la Negly Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape L'Ancely 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Louis Latour Romanee-St-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    Louis Latour Romanee-St-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Fontenil  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Fontenil 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, 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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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Philippe Livera Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Village 2016
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Alex Gambal Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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