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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 Clerc Milon 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Margaux 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1986
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Chateau Gruaud Larose 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Conseillante 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Latour 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Beychevelle 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pape Clement (bin soiled label) 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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