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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
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2015  Front Label
    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2015  Front Label
    Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Feves Premier Cru Monopole 2015  Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Feves Premier Cru Monopole 2015
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Pommard Les Rugiens Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Pommard Les Rugiens Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges Les Porets-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges Les Porets-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Fixin Clos de la Perriere Premier Cru Monopole 2015  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Fixin Clos de la Perriere Premier Cru Monopole 2015
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Daniel Largeot Beaune Les Greves Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Daniel Largeot Beaune Les Greves Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Louis Latour Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Marsannay 2015 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Marsannay 2015
    Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2015 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2015
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2015
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Aine & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 Front Label
    Bouchard Aine & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2015
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte 2015 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands Premier Cru Monopole 2015 Front Label
    Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands Premier Cru Monopole 2015
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Domaine de la Framboisiere Mercurey 2015 Front Label
    Faiveley Domaine de la Framboisiere Mercurey 2015
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Bourgogne Le Chapitre 2015 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Bourgogne Le Chapitre 2015
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Pommard Clos des Ursulines Domaine du Pavillon Monopole 2015  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Pommard Clos des Ursulines Domaine du Pavillon Monopole 2015
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Ormes Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Ormes Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Pernand-Vergelesses Les Vergelesses Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Pernand-Vergelesses Les Vergelesses Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Pernand-Vergelesses, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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