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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 Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
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    Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lignier-Michelot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    Lignier-Michelot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
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    • Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru  2016 Front Label
      Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru 2016
      Pinot Noir from Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis 2017  Front Label
      Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis 2017
      Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru 2013 Front Label
      Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru 2013
      Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Latour Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2017  Front Label
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      • Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge 2018  Front Label
        Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge 2018
        Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • HobNob Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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        Pinot Noir from Languedoc, South of France, France
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        • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2017
          Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Alex Gambal Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
          Alex Gambal Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016
          Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2017
          Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2017  Front Label
          Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2017
          Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Rouge 2017  Front Label
          Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Rouge 2017
          Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
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          Chateau de Meursault Savigny Les Beaune 2016
          Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2013
          Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          Lignier-Michelot Morey-St-Denis En la Rue de Vergy 2016
          Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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