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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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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1998 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chantemerle Vieilles Vignes (bin soiled labels) 1998 Front Label
    Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chantemerle Vieilles Vignes (bin soiled labels) 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 1998 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne 1998 Front Label
    Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Paul Autard Cote Ronde Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998  Front Bottle Shot
    Paul Autard Cote Ronde Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Valandraud  1998  Front Label
    Chateau Valandraud 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 1998  Front Label
    Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 1998 Front Label
    Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 1998 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine Ramonet Montrachet 1998 Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Montrachet 1998
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Premier Cru 1998 Front Label
    Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Premier Cru 1998
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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