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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  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (stained label) 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1990  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Krug Brut 1990 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1990 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1990  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 1990 Front Label
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    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  1990 Front Label
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  • Champagne de Venoge Brut Grand Vin des Prince 1990
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  • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (stained label) 1990  Front Label
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  • Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires Brut 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  1990  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1990 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1990
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    Krug Clos du Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1990 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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