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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 Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Santenay Hautes Cotes de Beaune Clos Philippe le Hardi Monopole 2019  Front Label
    Chateau de Santenay Hautes Cotes de Beaune Clos Philippe le Hardi Monopole 2019
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Volnay Les Santenots Domaine du Pavillon Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Volnay Les Santenots Domaine du Pavillon Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2019
    Pinot Noir from Hautes Cotes de Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuees Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuees Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Beaune Clos de l'Ermitage 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Beaune Clos de l'Ermitage 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Mercurey En Pierre Milley 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Mercurey En Pierre Milley 2019
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Couchereaux Premier Cru Domaine des Heritiers 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Couchereaux Premier Cru Domaine des Heritiers 2019
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2019
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, 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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  • Albert Bichot Vosne-Romanee Domaine du Clos Frantin 2019  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Vosne-Romanee Domaine du Clos Frantin 2019
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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