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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 Latour  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Lagune  1982 Front Label
    Chateau La Lagune 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • D97
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  • Dom Perignon (torn label) 1982 Front Label
    Dom Perignon (torn label) 1982
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP93
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 1982  Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 1982
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • RP95
    • V91
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 1982 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 1982
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP92
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (stained label) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (stained label) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • RP96
    • WS91
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP100
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • JD94
    • RP92
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (bin soiled, scuffed labels) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (bin soiled, scuffed labels) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • WS95
    • RP95
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  • Les Forts de Latour  1982 Front Label
    Les Forts de Latour 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP94
    • WS93
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1982 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • RP100
    • WS94
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (bin soiled label, top shoulder fill) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (bin soiled label, top shoulder fill) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP100
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  • Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose (torn capsule) 1982 Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose (torn capsule) 1982
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
    • RP94
    • WS91
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  • Chateau Margaux (very top shoulder) 1982  Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (very top shoulder) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • JD99
    • RP97
    • JS97
    • WS92
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  • Chateau Petrus  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Petrus 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS96
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