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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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  • 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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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, 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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  • Pierre Gelin Fixin Premier Cru Clos Napoleon 2018  Front Label
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    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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  • 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 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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  • Nicole Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Nicole Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Marconnets Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Marconnets Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Meo-Camuzet Freres & Soeurs Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Meo-Camuzet Freres & Soeurs Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2018
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Meo-Camuzet Freres & Soeurs Nuits-St-Georges Les Argillas Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Meo-Camuzet Freres & Soeurs Nuits-St-Georges Les Argillas Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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