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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  • Seppelt Salinger Sparkling Wine 2009


    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


    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


    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 [ ] 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


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [] 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

  • Peeling grapes by hand for a blanc de noirs would define a new level of tedium. ... ... de noir = pinot noir +/- pinot meunier, blanc de blanc = white grapes only, generally chardonnay (though there are other varieties which are still permitted in Champagne if you have existing vines, but are not permitted to be replanted -- e.g., pinot blanc).... 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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