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Pinot Meunier (also known as Schwarzriesling, and Meunier) is a dark red wine grape most known for its use in Champagne blends. It is not as well-known as its two counterparts, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Meunier is something of a silent partner in Champagne. Generally Champagne producers have preferred to downplay Pinot Meunier role. Until recent times this variety was relatively unsung, most were unaware of the body and richness it adds to Champagne. Meunier is French for “miller,” referring to its floury appearance on the underside of its leaves.

Pinot Meunier is a lighter colored hue than Pinot noir, but it’s acidity is somewhat higher. Its common flavor notes are described as confected fruit, with wisps of delicate smokiness. Occasionally, Pinot Meunier is produced commercially as its own varietal but this unusually and something of an oddity to most consumers. When available on the market, they are usually sparkling rose wines, designed for early consumption.

WineStyle recommends this affordable wine with: pork and shellfish, blue cheese, charcuterie and short ribs.

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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.

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