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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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  • Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, 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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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2017  Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2017 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Corton Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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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  • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017  Front Label
    Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2017 Front Label
    Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, 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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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pierre Gelin Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis Climats D'Or Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Fombrauge  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Fombrauge 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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