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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 Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Trimbach Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Trimbach Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2018  Front Label
    Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Cuvee Speciale Cotes du Rhone 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel Rose 2018  Front Label
    Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel Rose 2018
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • Alsace Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2018  Front Label
    Alsace Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Picque-Caillou  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Picque-Caillou 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2018  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, Loire, France
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  • Albert Bichot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Tradition 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Tradition 2018
    Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2018
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
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  • Albert Bichot Corton Clos Des Marechaudes Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Corton Clos Des Marechaudes Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Chanzy Rully En Rosey Rouge 2018 Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Rully En Rosey Rouge 2018
    Pinot Noir from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Fleurie La Madone 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Fleurie La Madone 2018
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Calcaire Pinot Gris 2018  Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Calcaire Pinot Gris 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Ostertag Les Jardins Pinot Gris 2018  Front Label
    Ostertag Les Jardins Pinot Gris 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Paul Blanck Et Fils Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2018  Front Label
    Paul Blanck Et Fils Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2018
    Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Dopff & Irion Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Dopff & Irion Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2018  Front Label
    Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Lalande  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Lalande 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Albert Bichot Puligny Montrachet Les Perrieres Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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