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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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  • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Laurence 1998  Front Label
    Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Laurence 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    • Vieux Chateau Certan  1998  Front Label
      Vieux Chateau Certan 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1998 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1998 Front Label
      Chateau Gruaud Larose 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Latour  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Latour 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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 Clerc Milon  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Clerc Milon 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Monbousquet  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Monbousquet 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • M. Chapoutier Domaine des Beates Terra dOr 1998 Front Label
        M. Chapoutier Domaine des Beates Terra dOr 1998
        Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, 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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        • WS98
        • RP96
        • W&S95
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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 Pavie Decesse  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Pavie Decesse 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
        • WS93
        • RP91
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      • Chateau Margaux  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Carruades de Lafite  1998 Front Label
        Carruades de Lafite 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1998 Front Label
        Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1998
        Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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      • Chateau Palmer  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Palmer 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Pavie  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Pavie 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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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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      • Krug Vintage Brut 1998 Front Label
        Krug Vintage Brut 1998
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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        • W&S98
        • RP95
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      • Chateau La Couspaude  1998 Front Label
        Chateau La Couspaude 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Leoville Barton  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Leoville Barton 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Pesquie Cuvee 105 Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 1998
        Rhone Red Blends from Rhone, France
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        • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Mouton Cadet Rouge 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 1998 Front Label
            Chateau d'Aiguilhe Cotes de Castillon 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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