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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  1991 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1991
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 1991
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Taittinger Brut Rose Comtes de Champagne 1991 Front Label
      Taittinger Brut Rose Comtes de Champagne 1991
      Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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      • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1991
        Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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        • Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 1991  Front Label
          Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 1991
          Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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        • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1991 Front Label
          Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1991
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 1991 Front Label
            Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 1991
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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            • Domaine Leroy Savigny Les Narbantons (signs of seapage) 1991 Front Label
              Domaine Leroy Savigny Les Narbantons (signs of seapage) 1991
              Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 1991 Front Label
                Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 1991
                Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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              • Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 1991
                Rhone Red Blends from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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