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 have had only one Ruths Chris experience, about 15 years ago.  I thought ... Pinot Noir, 44% Syrah, 4% Pinot Meunier, 3% Dolcetto and 1% Chardonnay.   That does sound interesting to me.The other one that catches my eye is the Charles Smith Merlot--another wine I've never tried, but I have never been misled by a Washington Merlot, and Charles ... Read More

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  • The bulk of my scientific training is actually physics, so when someone wants a ... same way you would a red. Pinot Meunier is also a good example--it's biologically PN because the DNA "profile"  (not the actual genomic sequence, however) says it is, but they diverged so markedly and so long ago that everyone except ampelographers treats them a... Read More

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  • With the authority of NG behind me, what can I say. She's the only one who actually has any business talking about this stuff!Anyhow, Fox - I'm really at the limits of my capacities here. Years ago when I was getting a degree in Biology my worst class by a mile was genetics. Maybe by several miles! So you can probably run laps around me.I know a... Read More

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  • California "Old Vine" wines, Zinfandel, especially, have been getting a lot of attention in the last few years.  I, certainly, have been paying more attention to them, lately, mostly as a result of the postings of Outthere on some of the historic vineyards in his neck of the woods.  He interested me enough to join the Historic Vineyard Society, ... Read More

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  • Imagery Estate Winery White Burgundy Carneros Napa County 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Very fruity/floral nose -- melons and green apples w orange blossoms. Similar fruit flavors on the palate with some hints of lemon. The apple/lemon descriptors show the acid backbone. Very light sipping wine that will be great on the patio in the summer. US$30.00 from the winery's club Read More

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  • I feel for you guys and gals in Canada! I knew a few people who imported wine ... ... I do have a Canadian Pinot Meunier from Niagara that I plan to drink soon, and I've had some decent wines from BC, so those people who lose interest when you talk about Canadian wine are just wine snobs who are not worthy of further attention.As to why someo... Read More

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  • Good news! I've been invited to my first wine makers dinner! Needless to say, I'm excited about the opportunity. The dinner is going to be with Gilles Nicault from Long Shadows next week.Naturally I'll be doing my homework in advance to learn what I can and think about good questions I'd like to ask. I know that Long Shadows has been discussed h... Read More

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  • Louis Chaurey Champagne NV

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    I got given a bottle of this by a chap at work.Champagne is France's most northerly AOC from the department of that name about 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine due to the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary fermentation in the bottle.Louis Chaurey is a brand name used for champagne made by a negociant house... Read More

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  • Yeah, Bocron, I was getting a bit pompous there, not to mention hyperbolic.In ... region are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  So, if you are enjoying a French Champagne (I know that is a redundancy.) this New Year's Eve, the wine that you taste is made from a combination of those three grape Read More

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  • Just a quick hello. I am totally un-educated in the wine realm. As a matter of fact I never drank a glass until over age 40 and even then barely could finish it and would usually switch to a nice dark beer LOL.  Anyway about 2 years ago my good friend's husband decided he was going to show me what I was missing and every time we went out to dinn... Read More

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