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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 Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Nenin (3 Liter Bottle) 1999  Front Label
    Chateau Nenin (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
      Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • L'Orval Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 L) 1999
      Cabernet Sauvignon from France
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      • Duboeuf Merlot (1.5 L) 1999
        Merlot from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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        • Barton & Guestier Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999 Front Label
          Barton & Guestier Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999
          Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Barton & Guestier Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 1999
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Burgundy, France
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            • Barton & Guestier Merlot (1.5L) 1999 Front Label
              Barton & Guestier Merlot (1.5L) 1999
              Merlot from Languedoc, South of France, France
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              • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained labels) 1999 Front Label
                Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained labels) 1999
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
                Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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              • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
                • RP89
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              • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (1.5L Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee (1.5L Magnum) 1999
                Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                • RP92
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              • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                  Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                  Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Cuvee Hommage a Jacques Perrin (3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
                  Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grand Cuvee Hommage a Jacques Perrin (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
                  Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                • Chateau Lynch-Bages (6 Liter - scuffed label) 1999 Front Label
                  Chateau Lynch-Bages (6 Liter - scuffed label) 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                  Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Monbousquet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                  Chateau Monbousquet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
                  Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Monbousquet (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
                  Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
                  Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
                  • RP98
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