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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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  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2019  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2019
    Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Bourdieu No.1 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Bourdieu No.1 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Durand Reserve Sancerre 2019  Front Label
    Durand Reserve Sancerre 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Novellum Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Novellum Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Vin de France, France
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      • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2019  Front Label
        Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2019
        Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Fournier Sancerre Les Belles Vignes 2019  Front Label
          Domaine Fournier Sancerre Les Belles Vignes 2019
          Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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        • Ultimate Provence UP Rose 2019 Front Label
          Ultimate Provence UP Rose 2019
          Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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        • R. Dutoit Pouilly-Fuisse Les Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
          R. Dutoit Pouilly-Fuisse Les Vieilles Vignes 2019
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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          • Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Bottle Shot
            Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2019
            Sauvignon Blanc from Vin de France, France
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            • Vanderpump Rose 2019  Front Label
              Vanderpump Rose 2019
              Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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              • Chateau de Sancerre Blanc 2019  Front Label
                Chateau de Sancerre Blanc 2019
                Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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                • Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                  Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2019
                  Chardonnay from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                  • Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019  Front Label
                    Chateau La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019
                    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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                  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2019  Front Label
                    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2019
                    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                  • Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts de Barville Blanc 2019  Front Label
                    Maison Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hauts de Barville Blanc 2019
                    Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                    • Miraval Rose (3 Liter Bottle) 2019  Front Label
                      Miraval Rose (3 Liter Bottle) 2019
                      Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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                      • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019  Front Label
                        Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019
                        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                      • Gerard Bertrand Terroir Picpoul de Pinet 2019  Front Label
                        Gerard Bertrand Terroir Picpoul de Pinet 2019
                        Picpoul from Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, South of France, France
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                        • Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2019  Front Label
                          Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2019
                          Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                          • Jean-Francois Merieau Gamay de Touraine Bois Jacou 2019  Front Label
                            Jean-Francois Merieau Gamay de Touraine Bois Jacou 2019
                            Gamay from Touraine, Loire, France
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                            • French Blue Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                              French Blue Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                              Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France
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                              • Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2019  Front Label
                                Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2019
                                Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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