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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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    • Pierre Sparr Reserve Riesling 1998
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      • Antonin Rodet Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 1998
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        • Antonin Rodet Chateau de Rully Blanc 1998
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          • Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaillons Premier Cru 1998
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            • Aile d'Argent Bordeaux Blanc 1998 Front Label
              Aile d'Argent Bordeaux Blanc 1998
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              • Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Le Clos Blanc 1998 Front Label
                Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Le Clos Blanc 1998
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                • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne Premier Cru 1998 Front Label
                  Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne Premier Cru 1998
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                  • Duboeuf Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                    Duboeuf Chardonnay 1998
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                    • Chateau de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc Sec 1998 Front Label
                      Chateau de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc Sec 1998
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                      • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1998 Front Label
                        Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1998
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                        • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1998
                          Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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                          • Chateau Duc d'Arnauton Graves Blanc 1998 Front Label
                            Chateau Duc d'Arnauton Graves Blanc 1998
                            Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 1998
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                              • La Noble Chardonnay VdP 1998 Front Label
                                La Noble Chardonnay VdP 1998
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                                • Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 1998
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                                • Duboeuf Viognier 1998
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                                  • Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 1998
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                                    • Chateau L'Hoste-Blanc Bordeaux Blanc Sec 1998 Front Label
                                      Chateau L'Hoste-Blanc Bordeaux Blanc Sec 1998
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                                      • Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                                        Hugel Pinot Blanc Amour (half-bottle) 1998
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                                        • Vichon Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                                          Vichon Chardonnay 1998
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                                          • Dom. Grand Maison Mademoiselle (half-bottle) 1998
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                                            • Fortant Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 1998 Front Label
                                              Fortant Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 1998
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                                              • Vichon Sauvignon Blanc 1998 Front Label
                                                Vichon Sauvignon Blanc 1998
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                                                • Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 1998
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