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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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  • Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Cuvee Romanus 2016 Front Label
    Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Cuvee Romanus 2016
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine de la Solitude Cotes Du Rhone Red 2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Solitude Cotes Du Rhone Red 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Vin de France, France
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    Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Poncie Le Pre Roi Fleurie 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Nalys Saintes Pierres de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Nalys Saintes Pierres de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Font du Vent Cuvee Tradition Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016 Front Label
    Chateau La Bastienne Montagne-St.-Emilion 2016
    Merlot from Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Provence, South of France, France
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  • Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis 2016  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis 2016
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Edme 2016 Front Label
    Maison Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Edme 2016
    Chardonnay from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Remoissenet Puligny-Montrachet  2016  Front Label
    Remoissenet Puligny-Montrachet 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Blain Cotes de Brouilly Les Jumeaux 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Blain Cotes de Brouilly Les Jumeaux 2016
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2016
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard Les Jarollieres Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard Les Jarollieres Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2016 Front Label
    Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2016
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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