And the December wine celebrations keep on coming! And although it is a day late (sorry) we are here to celebrate a varietal that doesn't get brought up nearly enough these days - Pinot Meunier!!
So let's take a little journey into the roles this grapes play in the wine world, as well as a few fun facts to keep the interesting convos going!
Pinot Meunier (moon-yay) is another entry into the fairly long line of 'Pinot grapes, so like all the others this is a mutation of Pinot Noir. And although it has the same DNA of PN, the flavor profile is distinctly different, having notes of cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, mushrooms, and rose petals. Meunier is French for Miller, in reference to the almost flour-y dusted colored underside of the vines' leaves.
The biggest claim to fame this grape has is being one of the three varietals used in Sparkling wines out of Champagne - so the blends are quite often Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The Meunier adds aromatics to the blend, as well as fruitiness.
Unlike PN, Meunier has the ability to grow in cooler climates, as well as ripening earlier. And while it is quite rare to find a Pinot Meunier only wine, when you do come across one, expect a wine that is lighter, higher in acidity, and having wonderful earthy notes.
As you make your way around various wines stores - this is mostly for those who live and travel in Europe - keep an eye out for Pinot Meunier's other names:
Gris Meunier, Miller's Burgundy, Mullerrebe, Noirin Enfarine, Schwarzriesling, Dusty Miller, Muller-Traube, and Farineux, to name a few.
Well, that's all we have time for today. We hope you have a chance to go out and see what you can find in terms of wine, and if all else fails, its a great excuse to drink some Champagne!
Oh, and make sure you drink your Farineux at around 53° or so, you'll be glad you did!