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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  1989 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Les Forts de Latour 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Margaux 1989
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1989 Front Label
        Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1989
        Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        • Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion (half-bottle) 1989 Front Label
          Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion (half-bottle) 1989
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (slightly torn label) 1989  Front Label
            Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (slightly torn label) 1989
            Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion 1989 Front Label
            Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion 1989
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1989
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              • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1989 Front Label
                M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1989
                Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1989  Front Label
                  Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Marc Bredif Nectar Vouvray (half-bottle) 1989 Front Label
                  Marc Bredif Nectar Vouvray (half-bottle) 1989
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Domaine Tempier Cuvee Classique 1989 Front Label
                  Domaine Tempier Cuvee Classique 1989
                  Mourvedre from Provence, France
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                  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1989 Front Label
                    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1989
                    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                  • Billecart-Salmon Grand Cuvee Brut 1989 Front Label
                    Billecart-Salmon Grand Cuvee Brut 1989
                    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                    • Bruno Paillard Brut 1989 Front Label
                      Bruno Paillard Brut 1989
                      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                    • Chateau Talbot 1989
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1989 Front Label
                      Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1989
                      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                      • Heidsieck Monopole Brut Diamant Bleu 1989
                        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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                      • Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf-du-Pape Selection Reflets 1989
                        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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                        • Chateau Latour  1989 Front Label
                          Chateau Latour 1989
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                        • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1989 Front Label
                          Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1989
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                            • Chateau Angelus  1989  Front Label
                              Chateau Angelus 1989
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Chateau Montrose  1989 Front Label
                              Chateau Montrose 1989
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1989 Front Label
                              Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1989
                              Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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