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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 de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Latour Chambertin Cuvee Heritiers Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Nuits-St-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2015  Front Label
    Louis Latour Nuits-St-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pierre Damoy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015
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      Lecheneaut Nuits-St-Georges Au Chouillet Vieilles Vignes 2015
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Premier Cru 2015  Front Label
      Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Premier Cru 2015
      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Bader-Mimeur Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 2015  Front Label
      Bader-Mimeur Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 2015
      Pinot Noir from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Philippe Livera Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs 2015
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          Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2015
            Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin La Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2015
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            Maison Leroy Bourgogne Rouge 2015
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            • Domaine Bertagna Hautes Cotes de Nuits 2015 Front Label
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                Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2015
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                    Albert Bichot Savigny Les Beaune 2015
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                      Domaine de Montille Nuits-St-Georges Aux Thorey Premier Cru 2015
                      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                      Xavier Monnot Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2015
                      Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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