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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 de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1996 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1996
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Chateau Beau Soleil  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Beau Soleil 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne in Wood Gift Box 1996 Front Label
        Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne in Wood Gift Box 1996
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        • RP93
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      • Ruinart Dom Ruinart (loose foil capsules) 1996 Front Label
        Ruinart Dom Ruinart (loose foil capsules) 1996
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
        • RP96
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      • Chateau Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Chaume (375ml half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
        Chateau Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Chaume (375ml half-bottle) 1996
        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 1996
        Marsanne from Rhone, France
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        • WS94
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      • Chateau Petrus  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Petrus 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1996 Front Label
        Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1996
        Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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        • Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru 1996 Front Label
          Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru 1996
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Chateau Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
          Chateau Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
          • RP90
          • WS90
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        • Chateau Leoville Barton  1996 Front Label
          Chateau Leoville Barton 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
          • RP93
          • WS91
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        • Carruades de Lafite  1996 Front Label
          Carruades de Lafite 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
            • RP95
            • WS93
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          • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  1996 Front Label
            Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
            • WS92
            • RP91
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          • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1996 Front Label
            Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
            • RP91
            • WS90
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          • Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 1996 Front Label
            Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 1996
            Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
            • RP95
            • WS92
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          • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1996 Front Label
            Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau La Mondotte 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Montrose  1996 Front Label
            Chateau Montrose 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
            • RP96
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          • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
            Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1996
            Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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            • RP95
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          • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996 Front Label
            Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
            • WE93
            • WS92
            • W&S90
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          • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1996 Front Label
            Chateau Lynch-Bages 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Philippe Livera Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 1996 Front Label
            Philippe Livera Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 1996
            Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
            • RP92
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