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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 Leoville Poyferre  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1995
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  • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut 1995 Front Label
    Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Giscours  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 1995
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Dom Perignon with Gift Box 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Petrus  1995 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut in Gift Box 1995 Front Label
    Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut in Gift Box 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1995 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Rotenberg Vendage Tardive Pinot Gris 1995 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Rotenberg Vendage Tardive Pinot Gris 1995
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1995 Front Label
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1995
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (scuffed labels) 1995 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (scuffed labels) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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