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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  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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 Leoville Poyferre  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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 Mouton Rothschild  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1990 Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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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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    Dom Perignon Vintage 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Latour 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 1990 Front Label
    Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Cuvee Le Paon (stained label) 1990 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Cuvee Le Paon (stained label) 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
    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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  • Domaine de Beaurenard Cuvee Boisrenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1990 Front Label
    Domaine de Beaurenard Cuvee Boisrenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1990
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1990 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1990
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    • RP91
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    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, 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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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dom Perignon Rose 1990 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Rose 1990
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Latour  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1990 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, 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 Leoville Las Cases  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1990 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1990 Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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