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French Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is grown in many French regions but the greatest concentration is in the Champagne region. Here it is a key component, along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, in the region’s famous sparkling wines, simply called, Champagne. On the eastern border with Germany, in Alsace, winemakers utilize it for both still and Sparkling Wines. In the Loire Valley it is used for red and rosé wines, namely in Sancerre. The Jura and Savoie also produce Pinot Noir, and small amounts are grown in higher altitude sections of southern France.

But the pinnacle of French Pinot Noir is unquestionably Burgundy, called Bourgogne locally. All top Burgundy reds are 100% Pinot Noir, with the finest—the Grand Crus—considered among the world’s most prestigious wines. The first recorded mentions of Pinot Noir in Burgundy date to the 14th century, though viticulture has been in the region for well over 2,000 years. For centuries Bourgogne was controlled by monastic orders that not only worked the vineyards but took meticulous notes about the wines that resulted from individual parcels. This detailed record-keeping led to the recognition that wines vary depending on the source of the grapes—even if made by the same person in the same way—and that certain sites consistently tend to produce superior wines.

These observations ultimately led to the designation of 33 Grands Crus (and over 600 Premiers Crus) vineyards. Most of these are in the small sloping area known as the Cote de Nuits, widely thought to be the ancestral and spiritual home of Pinot Noir. Bourgogne could also be said to epitomize the French concept of terroir—the combined sum of all-natural factors that affect a specific vineyard or parcel (called a climat). The notion of terroir lends itself perfectly to Pinot Noir, a thin-skinned grape that is highly reactive to its environment. When produced from exceptional sites, especially in fine vintages, the grape can lead to wines that are complex and sensual, with a subtlety and depth of flavor that make them both hedonistic and thought-provoking.

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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Fixin Clos de la Perriere Premier Cru Monopole 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Fixin Clos de la Perriere Premier Cru Monopole 2018
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018
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      • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2018  Front Label
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        • Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 2018  Front Label
          Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 2018
          Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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          • Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee 2018  Front Label
            Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee 2018
            Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Pinot Noir Cuvee Reserve 2018  Front Label
            Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Pinot Noir Cuvee Reserve 2018
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 2017  Front Label
              Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 2017
              Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages 2018  Front Label
              Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages 2018
              Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2018  Front Label
                Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2018
                Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Drazeys 2018  Front Label
                Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Drazeys 2018
                Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Fortunes 2018  Front Label
                  Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Fortunes 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis Climats D'Or Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
                  Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis Climats D'Or Premier Cru 2017
                  Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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                  Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Ronciere Premier  Cru 2017  Front Label
                  Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Ronciere Premier Cru 2017
                  Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
                  Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016
                  Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2018  Front Label
                  Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
                  Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Pierre Gelin Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle 2017  Front Label
                    Pierre Gelin Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle 2017
                    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                    Fat Bastard Pinot Noir 2019
                    Pinot Noir from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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