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Pinot Meunier

Pinot Meunier is a red grape variety that plays an important role in the production of Champagne. It is one of the three classic grape varieties used in Champagne, alongside Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Pinot Meunier is a black grape variety with thin red skins. When grown in cool climates, it produces wines that are light in colour and tannin. Pinot Meunier has aromas of violets, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and even blackcurrant. Its taste profile is one of ripe red fruits, with a hint of spice similar to Pinot Noir.

Fresh Pinot Meunier grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Pinot Meunier is most commonly grown in the Champagne region of France. It is also found in some parts of Germany, Austria and the United States. Pinot Meunier is a difficult variety to cultivate. With its thin-skinned berries and compact clusters, it is quite prone to disease, which means it needs to be carefully managed in order to ensure healthy grapes. Furthermore, the variety is early budding, therefore susceptible to spring frosts. Pinot Meunier is usually vinified as a sparkling wine, but it is also used to make still wines. Pinot Meunier is one of the three main varieties in the Champagne region in France, making up to around 40% of the blend but it can also remain unblended. It is used to add fruity aromas and a creamy texture to the blend. In the United States, Pinot Meunier is used to produce a light and fruity style of wine, with aromas of cherries and raspberries. Pinot Meunier is a versatile variety, which can be paired with a wide range of dishes. It pairs well with dishes that have a creamy sauce, such as pasta and risotto. It also goes well with poultry and light meats, such as pork and veal.

Foods to pair with Pinot Meunier:

Pasta
Curry
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Pinot Meunier
Pinot Meunier is known as the "workhorse" of Champagne, as it is the grape variety that is used most frequently in the production of Champagne.

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Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne is a prestigious sparkling wine that embodies the essence of luxury and celebration. Crafted by a renowned Champagne house, this wine hails from the esteemed Champagne in France. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from a unique terroir, characterized by chalky soils and a cool climate, which impart elegance and finesse to the wine. The winemaking process involves a meticulous blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes, resulting in a harmonious and well-balanced cuvée. With its vibrant bubbles, delicate aromas of citrus and white flowers, and a crisp, refreshing palate, Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne is the epitome of sophistication and is perfect for any special occasion.
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Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Aÿ Champagne is a traditional method sparkling wine produced by the celebrated grand marque Champagne house Bollinger. This wine always features a high proportion of Pinot Noir supported by smaller amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier resulting in a more structured style. A very high proportion of the grapes come from Grand Cru-rated villages resulting in an intense style. The winemaking focuses on building complexity with extensive use of reserve wine and the wine is matured for much longer than the minimum requirement. This all results in a harmonious yet powerful cuvée. It has fine bubbles, rich complexity, and balanced, vibrant acidity, this Champagne offers a delightful drinking experience, perfect for celebrating special occasions or indulging in moments of luxury.
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Louis Roederer Brut Premier is the main product of the celebrated champagne house Louis Roederer. This wine features the three main Champagne grapes with equal amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay supported by a smaller proportion of Pinot Meunier. With the base wine matured in oak barrels, this wine offers a fuller body with alluring toasty complexity. Aged for a minimum of 36 months before release, well in advance of the minimum requirement for Champagne, the vibrant acidity of this wine is well-integrated and effortlessly balances the rich mid-palate. This wine was discontinued in 2021 and replaced with the Solera-based Louis Roederer Collection series. However, this wine may still be available in many markets.
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