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French wine is 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 French 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 Lafite Rothschild (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaines Ott Etoile Provence Rose 2020  Front Label
    Domaines Ott Etoile Provence Rose 2020
    Rosé from Provence, South of France, France
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    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse 2020  Front Label
    Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse 2020
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine du Colombier Chablis  2020  Front Label
    Domaine du Colombier Chablis 2020
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2020  Front Label
      Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2020
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine du Pere Caboche Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020  Front Label
      Domaine du Pere Caboche Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2020  Front Label
      Ladoucette Pouilly-Fume 2020
      Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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      • Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2020  Front Label
        Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2020
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Tour Saint Christophe (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
        Tour Saint Christophe (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
        Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2020
        Pinot Noir from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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      • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2020  Front Label
        Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2020
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay 2020
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      • Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2020  Front Label
        Willm Kirchberg de Barr Riesling 2020
        Riesling from Alsace, France
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      • Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2020  Front Label
        Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2020
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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        • Chateau Pavie (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
          Chateau Pavie (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2020  Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2020
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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          • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2020  Front Label
            Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Cote des Monts Damnes 2020
            Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
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          • Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2020  Front Label
            Clos Cibonne Rose Tradition 2020
            Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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            • Lucien Albrecht Cuvee Balthazar Pinot Blanc 2020  Front Label
              Lucien Albrecht Cuvee Balthazar Pinot Blanc 2020
              Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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            • Chateau Lynch-Bages (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
              Chateau Lynch-Bages (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Gerard Bertrand Change Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
              Gerard Bertrand Change Sauvignon Blanc 2020
              Sauvignon Blanc from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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            • Le Paradou Viognier 2020  Front Label
              Le Paradou Viognier 2020
              Viognier from France
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              • Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuisse 2020  Front Label
                Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuisse 2020
                Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2020  Front Label
                  Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2020
                  Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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