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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 Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny Les Groseilles Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny Les Groseilles Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Volnay Les Santenots Domaine du Pavillon Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Volnay Les Santenots Domaine du Pavillon Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2017  Front Label
    Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Remi Jobard Monthelie Vignes Rondes Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Remi Jobard Monthelie Vignes Rondes Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Monthelie, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 2019
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Nuits-St-Georges Proces Premier Cru 2014  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Nuits-St-Georges Proces Premier Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Hommage a Jean Ferte 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru Hommage a Jean Ferte 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Fixin Premier Cru Clos Napoleon 2018  Front Label
    Pierre Gelin Fixin Premier Cru Clos Napoleon 2018
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Nicole Lamarche Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Nicole Lamarche Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Maison Roche de Bellene Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru Amphore 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru Amphore 2018
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 2018
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Gevrey-Chambertin 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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