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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  • Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne

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    Deep strawberry and and cherry aromas with a clean note of cherry blossom. Austere and elegant with tart sour cherry, mixed spice and pink grapefruit, finishing clean and light with a note of watermelon and light tannin. Clean and fresh. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Leclerc Briant Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine Champagne

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    Light, toast and yeast aromas with hints of lemon and biscuit, honeycomb and grapefruit. On the palate, austere and crisp, with lemon pith, zesty grapefruit and a tart staccato finish of toasted croissant and more citrus with green melon and green apple. A nicely structured wine. Read More

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  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with ... ... Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The richness and finesse of the wines partner well with Thanksgiving fare—the fuller and a bit more body add elegance. For me I always want dry, dry, dry---I more often than not seek Extra Brut. For some paletes are accu... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving


  • In the United Kingdom and Europe, English sparkling wine is taking wine ... ... Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier now accounting for over 50 per cent of total varietal plantings, and growing. For the record, the most northerly commercial vineyard is near York in Yorkshire. Denbies in the beautiful Surrey hills is the largest vineyard co... Read More

    From the article This is the next big sparkling wine region.


  • Haven't posted on wine excesses in awhile so here goes. Sorry, JD, no ... ... ... half PN, 1/3 chard, rest pinot meunier; velvety-satiny-creamy, toasty-yummy stuff with both citrus and stone fruit; will buy again)White:  2014 Macon-Villages by Georges Brichon under the Marks & Spencer label (a friend gifted me after purchasing in London subseq... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

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