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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 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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  • Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2004
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine de la Charmaie Vosne-Romanee Au Dessus de Malconsort 2004 Front Label
      Domaine de la Charmaie Vosne-Romanee Au Dessus de Malconsort 2004
      Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Cuvee Gerard Potel 2004 Front Label
        Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Cuvee Gerard Potel 2004
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        • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2004 Front Label
          Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2004
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          • Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2004 Front Label
            Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2004
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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            • Bruno Clair Chambolle Musigny Les Veroilles (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
              Bruno Clair Chambolle Musigny Les Veroilles (375ML half-bottle) 2004
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              • Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
                Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2004
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                • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2004  Front Label
                  Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2004
                  Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees Premier Cru Monopole 2004  Front Label
                    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees Premier Cru Monopole 2004
                    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2004 Front Label
                      Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2004
                      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                      • Domaine de la Charmaie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint George 2004 Front Label
                        Domaine de la Charmaie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint George 2004
                        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                        • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 2004 Front Label
                          Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 2004
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                          • Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier  Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2004 Front Label
                            Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2004
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                          • Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2004 Front Label
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                            • Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
                              Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2004
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                              • Laboure Roi Bourgogne Rouge Maximum Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
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                                • Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Gamay Noir 2004 Front Label
                                  Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Gamay Noir 2004
                                  Pinot Noir from Touraine, Loire, France
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                                • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
                                  Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2004
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                                  • Mommessin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
                                    Mommessin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2004
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                                    • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Chenes Carteaux 2004 Front Label
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                                      • Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge 2004
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                                        • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Richebourg Grand Cru (torn back labels) 2004 Front Label
                                          Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Richebourg Grand Cru (torn back labels) 2004
                                          Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                                          • Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Rouge 2004 Front Label
                                            Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey Rouge 2004
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                                            • Domaine Arlaud Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2004  Front Label
                                              Domaine Arlaud Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2004
                                              Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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