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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 Ermitage Le Pavillon 1994
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (bin soiled label) 1994 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (bin soiled label) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1994  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 1994 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 1994
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau L'Evangile  1994 Front Label
    Chateau L'Evangile 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 1994 Front Label
    Guigal La Doriane Condrieu 1994
    Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
    • RP94
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1994  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1994
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
    • RP90
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  • Chateau Monbousquet (5 Liter Bottle) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1994 Front Label
    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1994
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
    • WS91
    • RP91
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994  Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour (scuffed label) 1994 Front Label
    Chateau Latour (scuffed label) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP94
    • WS91
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • JS91
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1994 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • RP92
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  • Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • RP92
    • WS90
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  • Chateau Valandraud  1994  Front Label
    Chateau Valandraud 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5L Magnums - loose capsules) 1994 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5L Magnums - loose capsules) 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • RP91
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