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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  • Outthere: I like your thinking.Emark: Curious to know how was the Pinot Meunier and what vineyard made it. Read More

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  • Dimsum, I had a varietal bottling of a California Pinot Meunier a few months ago.  It was a still wine.I'm telling you, folks, OT's life style is to be envied. Read More

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  • You're right. I did meant to say "Blanc de Noir", not Rose, but ... ... of Chardonnay and if any Pinot Meunier.  Winemakers either peel the red skins from the Pinot Noir grape or just use a short maceration process depending on the size of the vineyard.  I don't know if you've ever seen "white" Pinot Noir, but that's how it's done, by peeling.... Read More

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  • Dimsum, in your comment, you seem to be implying that the word Brut implies ... used are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  In California, I do not believe the Pinot Meunier is used very much for sparkling wines.  I may be incorrect in that.  If somebody out there has better information on that, I hope they post it because I am a bit curious.The n... Read More

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  • I am a very casual wine drinker and just "won" a bottle of sparkling wine in a family gift exchange from my cooky, eccentric aunt that I can't identify anywhere.  I'm not sure if it is good or bad, past it's prime or just an okay bottle I can feel comfortable drinking for no particular occasion.I have attached a picture, but the label reads as f... Read More

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  • Bouchaine Pinot Meunier 2011

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    First Meunier I have liked bottles as a still wine. Nose of black cherry and green produce. Very vegetal. Violets, herbs and flowers. Savory on the palate with earthiness, dark plum and hints of blackberry. Cherry compote, violet, lavender and earth. Nicely constructed, which I scored on higher as I just don't have a taste for this varieta... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Moet & Chandon Champagne Imperial Rose 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Our favorite non-Dom Champagne. Harder to find these days but worth it. Very smooth. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Charles Lafitte Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Prestige NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by amynraleigh


  • Billecart-Salmon Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Rosé 2007

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    Recc. from Beltramo wine specialist. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Vineland Estates Pinot Meunier Vqa Niagara Escarpment Canada Pinot Meunier Red 2011

    Snoothrank:

    A maroon/rust coloured red. Sweet and slightly herbaceous on the nose. A light wine with vegetative hints, crabapple tartness and a relatively balanced, yet short finish. Read More

    Wine review by NiagaraWiner


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