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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 Ribeaupierre Gewurztraminer 1996
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Vendage Tardive Pinot Gris 1996 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Vendage Tardive Pinot Gris 1996
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 1996
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1996 Front Label
      Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1996
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      • M. Picard Chardonnay Vin de Pays 1996
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        • Antonin Rodet Les Gravains Savigny les Beaune 1996
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          • Trimbach Muscat Reserve 1996
            Muscat from Alsace, France
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            • Fortant Chardonnay  (OU Kosher) 1996 Front Label
              Fortant Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 1996
              Chardonnay from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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              • Dopff & Irion Pinot Blanc 1996 Front Label
                Dopff & Irion Pinot Blanc 1996
                Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France
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                • Joseph Drouhin Rully Blanc 1996 Front Label
                  Joseph Drouhin Rully Blanc 1996
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Villa Bel Air (FR) Graves Blanc 1996
                    Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Hugel Classic Riesling 1996 Front Label
                      Hugel Classic Riesling 1996
                      Riesling from Alsace, France
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                      • Chateau Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Chaume (375ml half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
                        Chateau Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Chaume (375ml half-bottle) 1996
                        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                      • Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris 1996 Front Label
                        Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris 1996
                        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                        • Josmeyer Riesling d'Alsace 1996
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                          • M. Picard St. Aubin Blanc 1996 Front Label
                            M. Picard St. Aubin Blanc 1996
                            Chardonnay from Rhone, France
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                            • Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 1996 Front Label
                              Jaboulet Hermitage Blanc Le Chevalier de Sterimberg 1996
                              Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                              • Josmeyer Tokay Pinot Gris 1996 Front Label
                                Josmeyer Tokay Pinot Gris 1996
                                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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                                • Antonin Rodet Chateau de Rully blanc 1996
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                                  • Albert Pic Montmains Premier Cru Chablis 1996 Front Label
                                    Albert Pic Montmains Premier Cru Chablis 1996
                                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                                    • Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac La Graviere (500 ML) 1996 Front Label
                                      Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac La Graviere (500 ML) 1996
                                      Bordeaux White Blends from Southwest, France
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                                      • Hugel Tradition Gewurtztraminer 1996
                                        Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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                                        • Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert (torn label) 1996 Front Label
                                          Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert (torn label) 1996
                                          Muscat from Alsace, France
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                                        • Zind-Humbrecht Pinot d'Alsace 1996 Front Label
                                          Zind-Humbrecht Pinot d'Alsace 1996
                                          Other White Blends from Alsace, France
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                                          • Louis Jadot Pernand-Vergelesses 1996 Front Label
                                            Louis Jadot Pernand-Vergelesses 1996
                                            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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