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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 Lafite Rothschild  1990  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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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  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • Chateau Montrose (stained label) 1990 Front Label
      Chateau Montrose (stained label) 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, 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 Pichon-Longueville Baron  1990  Front Label
      Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, 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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    • Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1990 Front Label
      Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1990
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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      • Robert Ampeau Volnay Santenots 1990 Front Label
        Robert Ampeau Volnay Santenots 1990
        Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 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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        • Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle La Lumiere du Millenaire (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
          Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle La Lumiere du Millenaire (1.5 Liter Magnum) 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 Front Label
          Dom Perignon Vintage 1990
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        • Chateau Latour 1990
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Pommery Cuvee Louise (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990 Front Label
          Pommery Cuvee Louise (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1990
          Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, 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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        • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1990 Front Label
          Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1990
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Prieure-Roch Clos de Vougeot 1990 Front Label
          Prieure-Roch Clos de Vougeot 1990
          Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Krug Vintage Brut 1990 Front Label
            Krug Vintage Brut 1990
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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          • Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette Moelleux 1990 Front Label
            Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette Moelleux 1990
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1990 Front Bottle Shot
            Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1990
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Krug Vintage Brut 1990 Front Label
            Krug Vintage 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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          • 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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