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French wine is 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 French 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 Latour  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1998 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1998
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP98
    • WS95
    • D94
    • W&S94
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS90
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  • Chateau Figeac  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • D100
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    • RP96
    • JS96
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  • Carruades de Lafite  1998 Front Label
    Carruades de Lafite 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP90
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  • Dom Perignon Vintage 1998 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Vintage 1998
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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    • W&S94
    • RP92
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (stained labels) 1998 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (stained labels) 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • WS97
    • RP96
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  • Chateau Pavie  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • RP95
    • W&S95
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  • Trimbach Riesling 1998
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    • Chateau Monbousquet  1998 Front Label
      Chateau Monbousquet 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
      • RP94
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    • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  1998 Front Label
      Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • RP91
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    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1998  Front Label
      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • La Noble Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
        Cabernet Sauvignon from France
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        • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1998 Front Label
          Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1998
          Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
          • RP95
          • WE95
          • WS93
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        • Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne 1998 Front Label
          Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne 1998
          Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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          • RP93
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        • Duboeuf Cote de Brouilly Premier Prix 1998 Front Label
          Duboeuf Cote de Brouilly Premier Prix 1998
          Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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          • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
            • RP94
            • JS94
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          • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • RP90
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          • Krug Brut 1998 Front Label
            Krug Brut 1998
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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            • W&S98
            • RP95
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          • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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            • JS93
            • RP90
            • W&S90
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          • Chateau Angelus  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Angelus 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
            • RP96
            • W&S96
            • WS93
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          • Chateau Clerc Milon  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Clerc Milon 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Barde Haut  1998  Front Label
            Chateau Barde Haut 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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