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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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    Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru 2000
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2000 Front Label
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          • Louis Jadot Nuits St. Georges 2000 Front Label
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            • Antonin Rodet Chateau Chamirey Rouge 2000 Front Label
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              • Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots Premier Cru 2000 Front Label
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                • Domaine Jean-Luc Joillot Pommard Les Charmots 2000 Front Label
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                      • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2000  Front Label
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                        • Robert Arnoux Vosne Romanee Les Suchots 2000
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                              • Laboure Roi Pommard 2000 Front Label
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                                • Domaine Leroy Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes Premier Cru 2000  Front Label
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                                              • Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Boudots Premier Cru Domaine Gagey 2000 Front Label
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