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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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
      Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
      Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum - Wine Stained Label) 1994  Front Label
      Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum - Wine Stained Label) 1994
      Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Clinet (3 Liter Bottle) 1994  Front Label
      Chateau Clinet (3 Liter Bottle) 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Monbousquet (5 Liter Bottle) 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994  Front Label
      Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly Fume (1.5L) 1994 Front Label
      Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly Fume (1.5L) 1994
      Other White Blends from Loire, France
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      • Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Angelus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
        Chateau Angelus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5L Magnums - loose capsules) 1994 Front Label
        Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5L Magnums - loose capsules) 1994
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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