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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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  • 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 Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, 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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  • 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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  • Chateau Petrus  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Petrus 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 1996 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 1996
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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 Monbousquet  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru 1996 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru 1996
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • WS90
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • RP93
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 1996 Front Label
    Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henriot Brut Millesime 1996 Front Label
    Henriot Brut Millesime 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1996 Front Label
    Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau La Mondotte 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, 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 d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, 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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