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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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    • Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 1998
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      • Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg Pinot Gris 1998 Front Label
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        • Zind-Humbrecht Hengst Gewurztraminer 1998 Front Label
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          • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Hauserer Riesling 1998 Front Label
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            • Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru Riesling 1998 Front Label
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              • Zind-Humbrecht Rotenberg Pinot Gris 1998 Front Label
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                • Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg Gewurztraminer 1998 Front Label
                  Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg Gewurztraminer 1998
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                  • Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Gewurztraminer 1998
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                    • Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Riesling 1998 Front Label
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                      • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose 1998 Front Label
                        Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose 1998
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                        • Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Pinot Gris 1998 Front Label
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                        • Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris 1998 Front Label
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                          • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998 Front Label
                            Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998
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                          • Zind-Humbrecht Turckheim Riesling 1998 Front Label
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                            • Zind-Humbrecht Pinot d'Alsace 1998 Front Label
                              Zind-Humbrecht Pinot d'Alsace 1998
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                              • Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg Riesling 1998
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                                • Zind-Humbrecht Guberschwir Riesling 1998
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                                  • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 1998 Front Label
                                    Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 1998
                                    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                                  • Krug Brut in Wood Box 1998 Gift Product Image
                                    Krug Brut in Wood Box 1998
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                                  • Zind-Humbrecht SGN Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                                    Zind-Humbrecht SGN Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris (half-bottle) 1998
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                                  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
                                    Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas Valbelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
                                    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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                                    • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 1998 Front Label
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                                    • M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 1998 Front Label
                                      M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Croix de Bois 1998
                                      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                                    • Zind-Humbrecht SGN Rangen Pinot Gris 1998 Front Label
                                      Zind-Humbrecht SGN Rangen Pinot Gris 1998
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