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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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  • Durand Reserve Sancerre 2019  Front Label
    Durand Reserve Sancerre 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis 2019  Front Label
      Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis 2019
      Chardonnay from Petit Chablis, Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Ausone (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
      Chateau Ausone (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau La Vieille Cure (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
        Chateau La Vieille Cure (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
        Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2019
        Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Chateau Cheval Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
          Chateau Cheval Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
          Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, 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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          • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
            Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          • Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
            Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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            • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
              Chateau Rauzan-Segla (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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            • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2019  Front Label
              Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2019
              Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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            • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Les Tourelles de Longueville (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
              Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Les Tourelles de Longueville (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Montrose (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
              Chateau Montrose (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Fombrauge (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
              Chateau Fombrauge (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
              Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon 2019
              Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine, Loire, 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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            • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2019  Front Label
              Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2019
              Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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              • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Blanc 2019  Front Label
                Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Blanc 2019
                Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Monbousquet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019  Front Label
                  Chateau Monbousquet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2019  Front Label
                  Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2019
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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                  • Chateau Lynch-Moussas (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019 Front Label
                    Chateau Lynch-Moussas (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                    Chateau La Garde (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                    Chateau Le Boscq (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, 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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