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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  • Sonoma County

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      Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of th...

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    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

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    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

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      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

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Pinot Meunier on Snooth

  • It’s time to talk about bubbles. For better or worse we associate New ... Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. In Alsace the Blanc de Noirs must be 100% Pinot Noir but the remaining sparkling wines can be produced using any blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and/or Auxerrois that the producer sees fit to ... Read More

    From the article Little Known Sparklers


  • I recently was lucky enough to have a day and a half free in California’s ... ... on the nose and Pinot Meunier like, with hint of black cherry and middle eastern spices, black spices, poppy seeds and a hint of dried pork. this shows a rich, round, zaftig style with white chocolate and raspberry/blackberry jam on the nose that translates to ni... Read More

    From the article Great Domestic Sparklers


  • Domaine Carneros Blanc de Noirs 2009

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    Earthy on the nose and Pinot Meunier like, with hint of black cherry and middle eastern spices, black spices, poppy seeds and a hint of dried pork. this shows a rich, round, zaftig style with white chocolate and raspberry/blackberry jam on the nose that translates to nice tart berry fruit on the palate. Very soft and velvety in the mouth with fl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mumm Brut Napa Valley Prestige 2013

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    Toasty and sweet on the nose with shadings of vanilla. Slightly coarse mousse on entry lending this a rather energetic feel in the mouth with bright fresh citrus flavors that are a little creamy but very acid driven and bright in the mouth. Finishing modestly with a gentle nutty character and apple fruit this is simple and easy. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • J Cuvée Xb NV

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    New offeringTwo to three years, 4grDusty, steely, firm nose shows hints of toast, chalk, dried pear and dried flowers. Wonderfully tense, and snappy in the mouth this offers up mineral driven flavors laced with hints of dried herbs, polleny flowers and gorgeous yeasty notes that support a core of dried apple and pear fruit. gentle and delicate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Flowers Vineyard Perennial Red 2010

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    Wine review by Wine Surfer


  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve 1999

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    Wine review by keeee


  • I'm not sure how much Australian sparkling wine gets sold in the USA. ... ... (53%), Pinot Noir (44%) and Pinot Meunier (3%). AUD$20. Pale yellow colour, soft aromas of smokey mandarin citrus, nougat and apple. Fine mousse, nice creamy rounded mouthfeel. Very flavoursome, high acidity (7.9g/L) and certainly sweet (10g/L). Notes of honey, fresh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Couple of Aussie sparklings


  • Taltarni Brut 2010

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    Taltarni operates out of the Pyreness, VIC but the fruit for the vintage Brut ... (53%), Pinot Noir (44%) and Pinot Meunier (3%).AUD$20. Pale yellow colour, soft aromas of smokey mandarin citrus, nougat and apple. Fine mousse, nice creamy rounded mouthfeel. Very flavoursome, high acidity (7.9g/L) and certainly sweet (10g/L). Notes of honey, fr... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Seppelt Salinger Sparkling Wine 2009

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    Made from Chardonnay (63%), Pinot Noir (28%) and Pinot Meunier (9%), and includes up to 5% aged reserve wines for added complexity. This is a multi-regional wine, with fruit sourced from the cool climate sparkling regions of Henty (70%), Adelaide Hills (25%) and Mornington (5%). The wine is left to rest and develop in the underground cellars at ... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


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