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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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  • Louis Latour Pommard Premier Cru Epenots 2011 Front Label
    Louis Latour Pommard Premier Cru Epenots 2011
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  • Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011  Front Label
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  • Louis Latour Beaune Clos du Roi 2011 Front Label
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  • Aurelien Verdet Nuits-St-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
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  • Aurelien Verdet Morey-St-Denis En la Rue de Vergy 2011 Front Label
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (scuffed labels) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (scuffed labels) 2011
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  • Jacques Prieur Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
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    Aurelien Verdet Chambolle Musigny Les Condemennes 2011
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    Patrice Rion Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru Nuits Saint Georges 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Pommard Rugiens Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Pommard Rugiens Premier Cru 2011
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  • Louis Latour Pommard 2011 Front Label
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2011
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Jacques Prieur Champ-Pimont Premier Cru 2011
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    Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St-Jacques Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St-Jacques Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 2011
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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