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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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    Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose 1996 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose 1996
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1996 Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Trimbach Ribeaupierre Gewurztraminer 1996
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  • Krug Brut (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Krug Brut (scuffed label) 1996
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1996 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
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  • Dom Perignon Rose 1996 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Rose 1996
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 1996  Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 1996
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  • Pol Roger Vintage Brut Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
    Pol Roger Vintage Brut Chardonnay 1996
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  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1996 Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1996
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1996 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 1996 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 1996
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  • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996 Front Label
    Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996
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  • Duval-Leroy Brut 1996 Front Label
    Duval-Leroy Brut 1996
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