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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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  • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1999  Front Label
    Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1999
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2010
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  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Champans Premier Cru 2008  Front Label
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  • Domaine Follin-Arbelet Aloxe-Corton Clos du Chapitre Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
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  • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint Georges Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
    Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint Georges Premier Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2004 Front Label
    Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2004
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2009 Front Label
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru 2005
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  • Patrice Rion Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle 2012 Front Label
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  • Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2007  Front Label
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2010
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    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2005
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2003
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    Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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