In my observations, French pinot noir isn't necessarily dryer than others, but the fruit isn't as massive as say a Cali or a Kiwi. I've had some ridiculously fruity pinots from NZ, the French ones are a much different style, more terroire, etc. Completely agree. I just bought a large (too big to hold while reading in bed, so it might take a while to read!) book on Burgundy. My knowledge of things there is shallow and think that, coupled with the cost of so many of them, stops me from getting more into them.