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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  • 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...


  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... so ... grapes are Lagrein, Pinot Meunier and Gaglioppo.  I've never heard of those prior to last night.  I started with a full glass of a Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, the Field Recordings 'Neverland', 2013 Paso Robles, California selection on the red wines by th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Lots of growers use Roundup.  Not all. Roundup gets a big pass, and growers find it very convenient because it does what it is supposed to very effectively, so they emphasize its safety.  Not clear if it is associated with any human health problems, but there's some evidence that it does stay in soil and affects the microrhizome, an ecological a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi ... my name is Deborah


  • I am wondering if you spray your grapes with any pesticides....like Round Up?  I love your wine and I was just reading a GMO article and it mentioned that it is best to buy organic wines since they are not sprayed with toxic harmful pesticides...so do you all use Round Up?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi ... my name is Deborah


  • Laurent Perrier Demi Sec NV

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    Considering the $40 price tag I was pretty happy with this one. All that sugar in the dosage (about 4 times more than a Brut) but it ends up being about semi-dry. Mostly a fruity flavor profile with decent complexity for the price range, fresh apples, baked apples, a little melon, and citrus. Lots of tiny bubbles, this was fun to drink. Recommen... Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Mumm Brut Napa Valley Prestige 2013

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    Light and airy. Citrus flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • The beginning of Spring marks the beginning of several “seasons” as ... ... Noir, 33% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Meunier. While the Cuvée 20 by J is a bit more prevalent, this has just a bit “extra” that makes it worth searching out. Brioche and strawberry in abundance followed by a most impressive finish. 93 Point Read More

    From the article Campfire Wines for Spring


  • Red wine should be served at room temperature. Or should it? This is one ... Chardonnay, Pinot noir or Pinot meunier varietals, Cava uses Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada varietals and is made specifically in the Catalan region of Penedes.” Farther down the list was the ever-present debate over red wine and the temperature at which it should be ... Read More

    From the article A Game of True & False: Spanish Wine Website Tests Readers' Wits


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