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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 Cos d'Estournel  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 1996 Front Label
    Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 1996
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 1996 Front Label
    Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Climens  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Climens 1996
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1996 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP91
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  • Chateau Petrus  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Petrus 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Glass Set 1996 Front Label
    Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Glass Set 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Krug Vintage Brut (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Krug Vintage Brut (scuffed label) 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • W&S100
    • WS99
    • RP98
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 1996 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • WE96
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1996 Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996 Front Label
    Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP93
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 1996 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 1996
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1996 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1996
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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