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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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  • Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2008 Front Bottle Shot
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  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Front Label
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  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose  Front Label
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matiniere 2017  Front Label
    Ferraton Pere & Fils Crozes-Hermitage La Matiniere 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Laroque  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut (187ML Split) Front Label
    Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut (187ML Split)
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    Clos des Lunes Lune d'Argent 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve Exclusive Brut  Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve Exclusive Brut
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