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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 Mouton Rothschild  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 1990  Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 1990
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1990 Front Label
    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1990
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  • Chateau La Conseillante  1990 Front Label
    Chateau La Conseillante 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1990 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP92
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Montrose (bin-soiled label) 1990 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose (bin-soiled label) 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
    • RP100
    • WS94
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS94
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  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1990  Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • WE92
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1990 Front Label
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  • Chateau Figeac  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1990  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS93
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  • Chateau Latour Le Pauillac de Latour (bin soiled label) 1990  Front Label
    Chateau Latour Le Pauillac de Latour (bin soiled label) 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP95
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS93
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils La Romanee Grand Cru 1990  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils La Romanee Grand Cru 1990
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter - signs of seepage) 1990
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse  1990  Front Label
    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS98
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  • Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard Rouge 1990 Front Label
    Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard Rouge 1990
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1990  Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • D95
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  • Chateau Montrose  1990  Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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