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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  • Imagery Estate Winery White Burgundy Carneros Napa County 2012

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    Very fruity/floral nose -- melons and green apples w orange blossoms. Similar fruit flavors on the palate with some hints of lemon. The apple/lemon descriptors show the acid backbone. Very light sipping wine that will be great on the patio in the summer. US$30.00 from the winery's club Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I feel for you guys and gals in Canada! I knew a few people who imported wine ... ... I do have a Canadian Pinot Meunier from Niagara that I plan to drink soon, and I've had some decent wines from BC, so those people who lose interest when you talk about Canadian wine are just wine snobs who are not worthy of further attention.As to why someo... Read More

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  • Good news! I've been invited to my first wine makers dinner! Needless to say, I'm excited about the opportunity. The dinner is going to be with Gilles Nicault from Long Shadows next week.Naturally I'll be doing my homework in advance to learn what I can and think about good questions I'd like to ask. I know that Long Shadows has been discussed h... Read More

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  • Demi-Sec Champagne Original Presentation Box NV

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    Wonderful champagne for special occasions. Read More

    Wine review by wedding whine


  • Louis Chaurey Champagne NV

    Snoothrank:

    I got given a bottle of this by a chap at work.Champagne is France's most northerly AOC from the department of that name about 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine due to the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary fermentation in the bottle.Louis Chaurey is a brand name used for champagne made by a negociant house... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Yeah, Bocron, I was getting a bit pompous there, not to mention hyperbolic.In ... region are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  So, if you are enjoying a French Champagne (I know that is a redundancy.) this New Year's Eve, the wine that you taste is made from a combination of those three grape Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D


  • Just a quick hello. I am totally un-educated in the wine realm. As a matter of fact I never drank a glass until over age 40 and even then barely could finish it and would usually switch to a nice dark beer LOL.  Anyway about 2 years ago my good friend's husband decided he was going to show me what I was missing and every time we went out to dinn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D


  • It’s time to talk about bubbles. For better or worse we associate New ... Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. In Alsace the Blanc de Noirs must be 100% Pinot Noir but the remaining sparkling wines can be produced using any blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and/or Auxerrois that the producer sees fit to ... Read More

    From the article Little Known Sparklers


  • 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


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