Pinot Meunier is among the most prolifically planted grapes in France and was first mentioned in the 16th century. It is a Pinot mutation favored by vineyards in northern France specifically for its ability to bud and ripen before Pinot Noir, and more reliably. In the Champagne region it accounts for more than 40% of planted grape varieties. Order Now! You can buy this wine at a good price in our online shop. You will not be disappointed in your purchase.
Pinot Meunier tolerates cold fairly well, and is planted in locations that where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir would not ripen fully. Pinot Meunier is used as an insurance policy of sorts, as it buds later in the season, and ripens before Pinot Noir. This early maturation makes it an excellent option for softening young, non-vintage Champagne. However, Pinot Meunier doesn’t to mature well by itself, or when blended in high concentrations. For this reason, copious percentages of Pinot Meunier are not commonly found in vintage Champagne.
American wine producers with desires to make authentic Champagne began to pattern their approach using traditional Champagne methods. In the 1980’s they began planting Pinot Meunier in various locations about California.
Pinot Meunier has a longer history in Australian vineyards than Pinot Noir. At one time Pinot Meunier was known as Miller’s Burgundy and was typically vinified as a still red varietal. As other wines stole the scene in the late 20th century, Australian vineyards began replacing Pinot Meunier with other varieties, this decline lasted into the 2000’s. As fashion is fickle, Champagne style wines became vogue in the 2000’s and Pinot Meunier was extensively replanted.