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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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  • Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matiniere 2017  Front Label
    Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matiniere 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Trimbach Riesling 2017 Front Label
    Trimbach Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2017  Front Label
    Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2017
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly Fume 2017  Front Label
      Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly Fume 2017
      Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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      • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
        Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017
        Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017 Front Label
        Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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      • Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2017  Front Label
        Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Blanc 2017
        Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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      • Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017
        Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 2017
        Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
        Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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        • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
          Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017
          Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Preuses Domaine Long-Depaquit Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
          Albert Bichot Chablis Les Preuses Domaine Long-Depaquit Grand Cru 2017
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Cave de Lugny Macon Villages La Cote Blanche 2017  Front Label
          Cave de Lugny Macon Villages La Cote Blanche 2017
          Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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          • Louis Latour Macon-Lugny Les Genievres 2017  Front Label
            Louis Latour Macon-Lugny Les Genievres 2017
            Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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            • Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017  Front Label
              Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2017
              Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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            • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Rouge 2017 Front Label
              Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Rouge 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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              • Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017  Front Label
                Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2017
                Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Mongravey  2017  Front Label
                Chateau Mongravey 2017
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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              • Domaine St. Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades 2017  Front Label
                Domaine St. Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades 2017
                Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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              • Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2017 Front Label
                Chateau Suduiraut Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2017
                Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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