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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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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 1988  Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 1988
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Chateau La Lagune (bin soiled labels) 1988  Front Label
      Chateau La Lagune (bin soiled labels) 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1988 Front Label
        Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1988
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1988 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1988
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • RP93
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      • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru (bin soiled label) 1988  Front Label
        Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru (bin soiled label) 1988
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • RP90
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      • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru (bin soiled label) 1988  Front Label
        Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru (bin soiled label) 1988
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • WS92
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      • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1988  Front Label
        Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1988
        Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1988 Front Label
          Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1988
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988 Front Label
          Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1988
          Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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          • WS96
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        • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1988 Front Label
          Chateau Lynch-Bages 1988
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
          • WS95
          • RP92
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        • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1988  Front Label
          Chateau Gruaud Larose 1988
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Latour  1988 Front Label
            Chateau Latour 1988
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • RP91
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          • Chateau Rieussec Mayne des Carmes 1988  Front Label
            Chateau Rieussec Mayne des Carmes 1988
            Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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            • Guigal Hermitage Rouge 1988  Front Label
              Guigal Hermitage Rouge 1988
              Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
              • RP91
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            • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (375ml half bottle) 1988  Front Label
              Chateau Rauzan-Segla (375ml half bottle) 1988
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Lanessan (bin soiled labels) 1988  Front Label
                Chateau Lanessan (bin soiled labels) 1988
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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                • Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 1988
                  Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Chateau Calon-Segur 1988
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (bin soiled label) 1988  Front Label
                      Chateau Mouton Rothschild (bin soiled label) 1988
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse  1988  Front Label
                        Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse 1988
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                        • Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (torn label) 1988  Front Label
                          Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (torn label) 1988
                          Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                          • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 1988  Front Label
                            Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 1988
                            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                            • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1988  Front Bottle Shot
                              Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988  Front Label
                              Chateau Lafite Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Krug Brut 1988 Front Label
                              Krug Brut 1988
                              Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                              • D98
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