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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 2017
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Albert Bichot Gevrey Chambertin Les Murots 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Fixin Premier Cru Clos Napoleon 2017  Front Label
    Pierre Gelin Fixin Premier Cru Clos Napoleon 2017
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2017
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  • Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Rouge 2017
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  • Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru 2017
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  • Benjamin Leroux Savigny-les-Beaune 2017 Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
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      Xavier Monnot Beaune Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru 2017
      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2017
      Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay En Caillerets Premier Cru 2017
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    • Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis En la Rue de Vergy 2017  Front Label
      Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis En la Rue de Vergy 2017
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      • Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis Climats D'Or Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis Climats D'Or Premier Cru 2017
        Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Lecheneaut Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits 2017  Front Label
        Lecheneaut Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Nuits 2017
        Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Bouchard Aine & Fils Pommard 2017  Front Label
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        • Chateau de Marsannay Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
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            Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Remoissenet Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
            Remoissenet Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
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              Louis Latour Beaune Vignes Franches Premier Cru 2017
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              Domaine Meo-Camuzet Nuits-St-Georges Aux Murgers Premier Cru 2017
              Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017  Front Label
              Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017
              Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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