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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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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 1998 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 1998
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1998 Front Label
    Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1998
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  • Chateau Pavie Decesse  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Decesse 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Krug Vintage Brut 1998 Front Label
    Krug Vintage Brut 1998
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1998 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1998
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1998 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1998
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  1998 Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 1998 Front Label
    Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Dassault  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Dassault 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 1998 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 1998
    Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1998 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Tardieu-Laurent Cote Rotie 1998 Front Label
    Tardieu-Laurent Cote Rotie 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Dom Perignon P2 1998 Front Label
    Dom Perignon P2 1998
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Clinet  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Clinet 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Dom Perignon P2 Plenitude in Gift Box 1998
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, 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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  • Domaine Brusset Gigondas Le Grand Montmirail (bin soiled label) 1998  Front Label
    Domaine Brusset Gigondas Le Grand Montmirail (bin soiled label) 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom. Du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas (bin soiled labels) 1998  Front Label
    Dom. Du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas (bin soiled labels) 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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