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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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  • Dom. de l'Ameillaud Cotes-du-Rhone (half-bottle) 1999
    Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Timberlay (375ML half-bottle) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages (375ML half-bottle) 1999
        Gamay from Burgundy, France
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        • Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges (375ML half-bottle) 1999 Front Label
          Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges (375ML half-bottle) 1999
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML half-bottle) 1999 Front Label
            Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML half-bottle) 1999
            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge (375ML half-bottle) 1999
              Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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              • Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages (half-bottle) 1999
                Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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                • Joseph Drouhin St. Veran (half-bottle) 1999
                  Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                    • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages (half-bottle) 1999
                      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                      • Alain Michelot Nuits-Saint-Georges Vaucrains Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                        • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                          Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                        • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse (half-bottle) 1999
                          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                          • Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges V.V. (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                            • Alain Michelot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                              Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                              • Chateau Chauvin (375ML half-bottle) 1999 Front Label
                                Chateau Chauvin (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                                • Marc Bredif Vouvray (half-bottle) 1999
                                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                  • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 1999
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                                    • Chateau d'Armailhac (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                                    • Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe (half-bottle) 1999
                                      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                                      • Chateau Batailley (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                                        • Chateau Clos L'Eglise Cotes de Castillon (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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                                        • Domaine Genot-Boulanger Mercurey Blanc A.C. les Bacs (half-bottle) 1999
                                          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                                          • Jaboulet Beaumes de Venise Muscat (375ML half-bottle) 1999
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                                              • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1999 Front Label
                                                Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1999
                                                Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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