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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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    • Trimbach Reserve Personnelle Pinot Gris 1992
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      • Chateau La Louviere Blanc (1.5L Magnum) 1992 Front Label
        Chateau La Louviere Blanc (1.5L Magnum) 1992
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        • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 1992
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        • Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 1992
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          • Colin-Deleger Les Chaumees 1992 Front Label
            Colin-Deleger Les Chaumees 1992
            Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine aux Moines Savennieres Roches aux Moines 1992 Front Label
              Domaine aux Moines Savennieres Roches aux Moines 1992
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              • Jean-Paul Droin Chablis Grenouille Grand Cru 1992 Front Label
                Jean-Paul Droin Chablis Grenouille Grand Cru 1992
                Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                • Jean-Paul Droin Valmur Chablis Grand Cru 1992 Front Label
                  Jean-Paul Droin Valmur Chablis Grand Cru 1992
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                  • Domaine des Baumard Cremant de Loire Carte Turquoise 1992  Front Label
                    Domaine des Baumard Cremant de Loire Carte Turquoise 1992
                    Other White Blends from Loire, France
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