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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 d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988 Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Petrus  1988 Front Label
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1988 Front Label
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  • Chateau Rabaud Promis Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988 Front Label
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  • Dom Perignon Rose 1988 Front Label
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    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1988 Front Label
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1988 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1988
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Carruades de Lafite  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage 1988 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage 1988
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  1988 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1988 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1988 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Krug Vintage Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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