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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 Terrasson Cuvee Prevenche 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Terrasson Cuvee Prevenche 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Brown  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Brown 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Landreau  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Landreau 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Blaignan  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Blaignan 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Les Ormes de Pez  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Les Ormes de Pez 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Bernard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Louis Bernard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Berliquet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Berliquet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Lestage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clinet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Clinet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  Front Label
    Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Maison Chanzy Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2016  Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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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  • 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 Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Moussas  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Moussas 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fonplegade  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Fonplegade 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Giscours  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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