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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 Lafite Rothschild  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pavie 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1999 Front Label
    Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1999
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1999 Front Label
    Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1999
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  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 1999 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 1999
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 1999 Front Label
    Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut 1999
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1999 Front Label
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    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  1999 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 1999 Front Label
    Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 1999
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Cadettes 1999 Front Label
    Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Cadettes 1999
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1999 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1999
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1999 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ausone  1999 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Monbousquet (375ml half bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet (375ml half bottle) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1999 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1999
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Classique 1999 Front Label
    Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Classique 1999
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1999 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1999
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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