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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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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Brion (stained labels) 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998 Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1998
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1998 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  1998 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  1998  Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gazin  1998 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Jaboulet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Cedres 1998 Front Label
    Jaboulet Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Cedres 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Caves des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Les Closiers (bin soiled label) 1998 Front Label
    Caves des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Les Closiers (bin soiled label) 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux Centenaire 1998
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Pinot Gris 1998 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Pinot Gris 1998
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Chateau Clinet  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Clinet 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 1998
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs 1998 Front Label
    Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs 1998
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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