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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 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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  • 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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  • Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Pinot Gris 1990 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Pinot Gris 1990
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Josmeyer Gewurtztraminer Les Archenets 1990
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    • Hugel Vendange Tardive Gewurtztraminer (half-bottle) 1990 Front Label
      Hugel Vendange Tardive Gewurtztraminer (half-bottle) 1990
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      • Albert Pic Chablis Premier Cru 1990 Front Label
        Albert Pic Chablis Premier Cru 1990
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Hugel Vendange Tardive Gewurtztraminer 1990 Front Label
          Hugel Vendange Tardive Gewurtztraminer 1990
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          • Hugel Vendange Tardive Tokay Pinot Gris 1990 Front Label
            Hugel Vendange Tardive Tokay Pinot Gris 1990
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            • Chateau de Fesles Bonnezeaux 1990 Front Label
              Chateau de Fesles Bonnezeaux 1990
              Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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              • Zind-Humbrecht Brand Vendange Tardive Riesling 1990  Front Label
                Zind-Humbrecht Brand Vendange Tardive Riesling 1990
                Riesling from Alsace, France
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                • Chateau Gilette Creme de Tete Sauternes 1990 Front Label
                  Chateau Gilette Creme de Tete Sauternes 1990
                  Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
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