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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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    Louis Roederer Brut Rose with Gift Box 2013
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Les Combettes 2013 Front Label
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  • Chateau Fombrauge  2013 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Mission St. Vincent Bordeaux Blanc 2013 Front Label
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    • Chateau La Dominique  2013 Front Label
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    • William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
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      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Feves Premier Cru Monopole 2013
      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2013 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013 Front Label
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      Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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        Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2013
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
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        Chardonnay from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor  2013 Front Label
        Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2013
        Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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