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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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  • Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut 1985
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Rose in Cellar Box 1985 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Rose in Cellar Box 1985
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP90
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  • Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Rose 1985 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Rose 1985
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Latour  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1985 Front Label
    Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1985
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • WS92
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1985 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon  1985 Front Label
    Dom Perignon 1985
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (bin soiled labels) 1985 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (bin soiled labels) 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • RP92
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1985 Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • RP95
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