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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 d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995  Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995  Front Label
      Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
      Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Chateau Lagrange (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
        Chateau Lagrange (1.5L Magnum) 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 1995 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained label) 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995  Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
        Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Krug Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
          Krug Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
          Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        • Chateau Pavie Macquin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995  Front Label
          Chateau Pavie Macquin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Rouge (3 Liter - torn label) 1995 Front Label
            M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Rouge (3 Liter - torn label) 1995
            Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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          • Chateau Haut-Marbuzet (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Marbuzet (1.5L Magnum) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Leoville Poyferre (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
            Chateau Leoville Poyferre (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Leoville Las Cases (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
            Chateau Leoville Las Cases (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Figeac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
            Chateau Figeac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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          • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
            Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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          • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
            Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
            Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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          • Chateau Lafon-Rochet (3 Liter - chipped wax capsule) 1995 Front Label
            Chateau Lafon-Rochet (3 Liter - chipped wax capsule) 1995
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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            • Carruades de Lafite (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
              Carruades de Lafite (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Lafon-Rochet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
                Chateau Lafon-Rochet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
                  Chateau Leoville Barton (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                • Domaine M & S Ogier Cote Rotie La Belle Helene (1.5L Magnum) 1995 Front Label
                  Domaine M & S Ogier Cote Rotie La Belle Helene (1.5L Magnum) 1995
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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