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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 Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux Grand Cru 2007  Front Label
    Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux Grand Cru 2007
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Fourches 2007  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2007 Front Label
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        Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Joseph Drouhin Vero Pinot Noir 2007 Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Vero Pinot Noir 2007
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        • Dom. Coste-Caumartin  2007 Front Label
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          • Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2007  Front Label
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            Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint Georges Premier Cru 2007 Front Label
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            Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2007 Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2007
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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            • Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007 Front Label
              Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007
              Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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              • Yellow Jersey Pinot Noir (PET bottle) 2007 Front Label
                Yellow Jersey Pinot Noir (PET bottle) 2007
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                • Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares 2007 Front Label
                  Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares 2007
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                • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 2007 Front Label
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                  Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2007  Front Label
                  Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2007
                  Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 2007 Front Label
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                  • Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2007 Front Label
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                    • Les Tours Pinot Noir 2007 Front Label
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                      • Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge 2007 Front Label
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                        • Frederic Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007 Front Label
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                          • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2007 Front Label
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                          • Domaine Dominique Mugneret Nuits-St.-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2007  Front Label
                            Domaine Dominique Mugneret Nuits-St.-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2007
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                            • Philippe Livera Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Village 2007 Front Label
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                              • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2007 Front Label
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                              • Domaine Dominique Mugneret En Orveaux Echezeaux Grand Cru 2007  Front Label
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                                • Dom. Jean Luc Dubois Chorey les Beaune Clos Margot 2007 Front Label
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                                  • Chandon de Briailles Volnay Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2007 Front Label
                                    Chandon de Briailles Volnay Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2007
                                    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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