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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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    Chateau Fonroque 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Canon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mayne Vieil Cuvee Alienor 2016  Front Label
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    Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2016 Front Label
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  • Chateau Castegens  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Marsau  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Maison Chanzy Rully En Rosey Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Rully En Rosey Blanc 2016
    Chardonnay from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, 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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  • Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas Hommage a Gabriel 2016  Front Label
    Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas Hommage a Gabriel 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Cardonne  2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Cardonne 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Kuentz-Bas Trois Chateaux Riesling 2016  Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Trois Chateaux Riesling 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Pitray  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Pitray 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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