Pinot Meunier

Name of varietal: Pinot Meunier

Common synonyms: Meunier, Mullerebe, Schwarzriesling
 
Parentage of the grape: mutation of Pinot Noir
 
History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is French for “miller.” It grows mainly in the region of Champagne, and while rarely appears on a label, is one of the primary blending grapes in the distinguished sparklers along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It’s kind of the Kevin Spacey of grapes, with its important supporting roles adding additional characteristics like aromatics, brightness and acidity to the wine. In other parts of Europe such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland it is produced as a young, light, dry or off dry red varietal (Mullerebe or Schwarzrielsing) release as well as in blends both dry and sparkling. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: on its own very low in tannins, light-bodied, fruit-forward, somewhat acidic, cherry Read more »

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  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to ... ... chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier sourced from some of Champagne's most notable crus. In the glass, it pours pale yellow with a lovely, fine effervescence. Aromas and flavors such as apples, pears, citrus, brioche, and almonds permeate the senses, all whi... Read More

    From the article Holiday Sparkling Bottle Pick List


  • With the New Year just around the corner, pop the cork on a sparkling wine and ... Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and is made by a second fermentation in the bottle where a little more sugar and yeast is added to a still dry wine to produce a little more alcohol and a little more carbon dioxide – the fizz. The time the wine sp... Read More

    From the article Have a Sparkling Holiday & A Grand Cru New Year


  • Champagne Philippe Gamet Brut Rosé NV

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    has some sweetness and fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Champagne Philippe Gamet Brut Sélection Blanc de Noirs NV

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    too acidic for my liking Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Duval-Leroy Champagne Blend Champagne Brut NV

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    pale gold with fine beads; slight sweetness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Champagne Guy Charbaut "Selection" Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lippylandord


  • There’s always a reason to celebrate or something to which you can look ... Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines aged sur lie for almost four years (more than double the legal minimum.) The pairing experience: You’re sitting on a bed of leaves commingled with nuts in an apple orchard on a crisp fall day. The sun lightly dusts your ch... Read More

    From the article Wine & Caviar To Remind You


  • I'll definitely agree the 2000 Margaux was in the early part of its peak, ... in to it and it's an 80% Pinot Meunier, 10/10 blend but I prefer that to a Chard dominant blend I think, but seems like an interesting mix for a grower champagne.Itching to buy some 2011 Barbaresco and Barolo but wanting to sell off some things firs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • To press or not to press? That is NOT the question. Rarely does anything in ... grapes such as Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier are being used, the time on skins prior to pressing is of the upmost importance. Grapes must be pressed quickly to avoid color or tannins from bleeding into the juice because these aspects can negatively impact the final w... Read More

    From the article Pressing Issues: Exploring a Small Portion of the Maze of Winemaking Decisions


  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine ... this. 30% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay. Over the next five years.Somm Select Notes: Drinking great Champagne does not have to be expensive, but it does take some searching to find serious examples under $50. Our never ending search for these uncov... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


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