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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  • Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Rich Majeur NV

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    Nice Champagne brought by S/T NYE 2014/5 Read More

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  • Champagne Cattier Brut Sensation NV

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    Fine beads and slightly savoury. Read More

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    Nicely balanced. #54 of Top 100 of 2014. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Anne de Laweis Alsace Pinot Gris Reserve 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... gris,like ... gris,like pinot blanc and pinot meunier is a mutation of pinot noir.Anne de Laweis was a lady who lived in Alsace in the 16th century whose name is now used by the Cave Kienzhein-Keyserberg co-operative.I started my bottle last night with my fish supper and I did... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Champagne really goes with everything. It’s the best wine for ... black ... black (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). The reason they can all be a part of our regular, clear champagne is that all the pigment is in the skin of the two black grapes, so that a quick pressing gives only the clear juice from the white flesh. But for rosé wine, the colo... Read More

    From the article A Thanksgiving Show-Stopper: Rose Champagne


  • Moet Hennessy is looking to sweeten the pot. The Champagne and cognac ... ... Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.Moet executives are hoping the new offering will appeal to millennials, an age group which marketers have identified as a crucial generation for winemakers who want to maintain growth in the United States. Moet CEO Jean-Guilla... Read More

    From the article New Chandon Sparkler To Release Nov. 1 in U.S.


  • An Australian leaf from LVMH’s portfolio, the little brother of Moet ... ... Chardonnay / Pinot Noir / Pinot MeunierAUD$32. The flagship vintage brut offered by Domaine Chandon is a consistent offering, coming in at 5.5grs. A multi-regional blend made from fruit from the Yarra and King Valleys. Youthful notes of lightly toasted white bread, re... 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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  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. 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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