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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  • There are dozens of sparkling wines made around the world – Champagne ... ... the red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and the white Chardonnay. On the other hand, the Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen del Cava – Regulatory Board for the Cava Denomination of Origin C.R. D.O. Cava, permits a much wider variety of grapes, mostly white... Read More

    From the article The Low-Down on Cava

  • Very good stuff. Used to drink a lot of several Philipponnats, though not so ... ... light and pure. Anyway, pinot meunier is my least favorite, especially when its flavor comes too far out front. Blending is definitely an ar Read More

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  • Pinot meunier is generally considered the runt of the champers grapes litter, though the best houses/masterblenders are adept at mixing it in creatively. Not only is it cheaper to produce, but many say it provides an anchor for their blends, particularly in the NVs.I've had champers that tasted like not-even-good vin mousseux because of too much... Read More

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  • When drinking champagne on the younger side, I'm definitely seeking out ... with plenty of Pinot and/or Pinot Meunie Read More

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  • I recently purchased two vintage ports, 1994 Rozes and 1997 Cockburns - they ... ... Rose mostly made up of Pinot Meunier... but can't remember the estate at the moment.&nbs Read More

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  • Anne de Laweis Alsace Pinot Gris Reserve 2012


    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

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