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 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


  • Flowers Vineyard Perennial Red 2010

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    Wine review by Wine Surfer


  • 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


  • Moet & Chandon Champagne Imperial Rose 2012

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    love those tiny bubbles like a dom. dry but not puckering and the taste is long lasting. Read More

    Wine review by ascwinetaster


  • Calvet Alsace Pinot Blanc 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine at my local supermarket where it was on special ... which like pinot gris and pinot meunier is a mutation of pinot noir.Calvet [ www.calvet.com ] is a negociant house founded by Jean Marie Calvet in 1818 now owned by Les Grands Chais de France and this bottle was made for them byBenoit Putlin at Arthur Metz winery... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vin d'Alsace Jean-Victor Senner Pinot Blanc Collection Privee 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.nicolas.co.uk] for ... ... for ... like pinot gris and pinot meunier,is a mutation of pinot noir.I drank my bottle last night with my ham salad and I liked it.It is a dry wine with an intense apple like fruit taste.I thought it a lovely wi Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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