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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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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2018  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose 2018
    Rosé from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2018  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2018
    Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2016
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2017 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017
    Viognier from Rhone, France
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  • Mathilde Chapoutier Cotes de Provence Rose 2018 Front Label
    Mathilde Chapoutier Cotes de Provence Rose 2018
    Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 2016 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine Blanc 2016
    Grenache Blanc from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Banyuls (500ML) 2017  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Banyuls (500ML) 2017
    Other Dessert from Banyuls, Roussillon, South of France, France
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        M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2016
        Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016  Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Costieres de Nimes La Ciboise Rouge 2017 Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Costieres de Nimes La Ciboise Rouge 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Costieres de Nimes, Rhone, France
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      • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2017 Front Label
        Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2017
        Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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      • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Rose 2018  Front Label
        Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Rose 2018
        Rosé from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
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        • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier r.i. Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2015  Front Label
          Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier r.i. Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2015
          Syrah/Shiraz from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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        • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem Blanc 2016  Front Label
          Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem Blanc 2016
          Other White Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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        • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2018  Front Label
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          • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2016  Front Label
            Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Occultum Lapidem 2016
            Rhone Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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          • Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier v.i.t. Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2015  Front Label
            Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier v.i.t. Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2015
            Syrah/Shiraz from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Roussillon, South of France, France
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