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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 Beau-Site St. Estephe (half-bottle) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Citran Haut Medoc (half-bottle) 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Duhart-Milon (375ML half-bottle) 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Clos du Marquis (375ML half-bottle) 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau d'Armailhac (375ML half-bottle - stained label) 1996 Front Label
          Chateau d'Armailhac (375ML half-bottle - stained label) 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (375ML half-bottle) 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
            M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne (375ML half-bottle) 1996
            Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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            • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Lextravagent Daene Sauternes (half-bottle) 1996
              Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Pontet-Canet (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                  Chateau Pontet-Canet (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 1996  Front Label
                  Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                  Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                  • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Barsac (half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                    Chateau Doisy Vedrines Barsac (half-bottle) 1996
                    Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Chaume (375ml half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                      Chateau Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Chaume (375ml half-bottle) 1996
                      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                    • Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                      Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                      • Chateau Coudert Saint Emilion (half-bottle) 1996
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                        • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                          Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                          • Guigal Hermitage Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                            Guigal Hermitage Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                            Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                            • Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe (half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                              Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe (half-bottle) 1996
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                              • Chateau Roumieu-Lacoste Sauternes (half-bottle) 1996
                                Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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                                  • Jaboulet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Cedres (half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                                    Jaboulet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Cedres (half-bottle) 1996
                                    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                                    • Chateau Margaux (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                                      Chateau Margaux (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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                                    • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                                      Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes (half-bottle) 1996
                                      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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                                        • Chateau Grande Maison Monbazillac Cuvee des Monstres (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                                          Chateau Grande Maison Monbazillac Cuvee des Monstres (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                                          Other Dessert from Southwest, France
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                                            • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                                              M. Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                                              Rhone White Blends from Rhone, France
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                                            • Chateau Grand Mayne (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                                              Chateau Grand Mayne (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                                              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                                              • Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                                                Chateau Fourcas-Hosten Listrac (375ML half-bottle) 1996
                                                Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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