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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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  • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002 Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
    Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dominique Laurent Mazis Chambertin Cuvee B 2002 Front Label
    Dominique Laurent Mazis Chambertin Cuvee B 2002
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Champy Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Maison Champy Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee (torn labels) 2002 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2002
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    • Domaine Joseph Roty Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
      Domaine Joseph Roty Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2002
      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Chenes Carteaux 2002  Front Label
        Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Chenes Carteaux 2002
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Marchand Freres Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2002
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
          Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Premier Cru 2002
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          • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanee Aux Reas 2002  Front Label
            Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanee Aux Reas 2002
            Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine Perrot-Minot Mazoyeres-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
              Domaine Perrot-Minot Mazoyeres-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2002
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              • Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 2002 Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 2002
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                • Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
                  Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
                  Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle Musigny 2002 Front Label
                  Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle Musigny 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
                    Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2002
                    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Francois Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
                    Francois Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2002
                    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue Monopole Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
                      Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue Monopole Grand Cru 2002
                      Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                      • Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d'Orveau Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
                        Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d'Orveau Premier Cru 2002
                        Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                        • Dominique Laurent Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru Les St. Georges 2002
                          Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                          • Domaine Georges Jayer Echezeaux Grand Cru 2002
                            Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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