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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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  • Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Chateau L'Hospitalet Grand Vin Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from La Clape, Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Rhone, France
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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2017 Front Label
    Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Les Lavieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Les Lavieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Chanzy Mercurey Clos du Roy Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Mercurey Clos du Roy Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2017  Front Label
    Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de la Cree Les Tourelles Montagny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de la Cree Les Tourelles Montagny Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Santenay Clos Faubard Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Santenay Clos Faubard Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Chanzy Mercurey Clos du Roy Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Mercurey Clos du Roy Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2017  Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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