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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 Haut-Brion  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1982 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon (torn label) 1982 Front Label
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1982  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 1982 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 1982
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  1982 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1982  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Les Forts de Latour  1982 Front Label
    Les Forts de Latour 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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
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  • Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose (torn capsule) 1982 Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose (torn capsule) 1982
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (bin soiled labels) 1982 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Petrus  1982  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Le Pin  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Le Pin 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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