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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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  • Louis Latour Romanee-St-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru 2015  Front Label
    Louis Latour Romanee-St-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru 2015
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  • Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint Jacques Premier Cru 2015  Front Label
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    Domaine Clos de la Chapelle Beaune Champs Pimont Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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    Patrice Rion Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2015
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lecheneaut Nuits-St. Georges    2015 Front Label
    Lecheneaut Nuits-St. Georges 2015
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru Rouge 2015
    Pinot Noir from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kuentz-Bas Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Kuentz-Bas Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Alsace, France
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    Maume by Domaine Tawse Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Rene Bouvier Marsannay En Ouzeloy 2015
    Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pierre Damoy Fixin Les Mogottes 2015
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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