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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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  • 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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    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
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    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Remi Jobard Monthelie Vignes Rondes Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
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    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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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Les Charmois 2019  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    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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  • 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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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Boudots Premier Cru Domaine Gagey 2019  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanee 2019  Front Label
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  • Meo-Camuzet Freres & Soeurs Nuits-St-Georges Les Perrieres Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Meo-Camuzet Freres & Soeurs Nuits-St-Georges Les Perrieres Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee 2019  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Michel Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin Seuvrees 2019  Front Label
    Michel Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin Seuvrees 2019
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Morey-St-Denis Les Sorbets Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Morey-St-Denis Les Sorbets Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Gerard Raphet Morey-St-Denis Les Millandes Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Gerard Raphet Morey-St-Denis Les Millandes Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Feves Premier Cru Monopole 2019  Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Feves Premier Cru Monopole 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Nuits-St-Georges Chateau Gris Premier Cru Monopole 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Nuits-St-Georges Chateau Gris Premier Cru Monopole 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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