REBEL GRAPE SOCIETY

SEPTEMBER 2021

THE OTHER, OTHER PINOT: PINOT MEUNIER

In the notorious world of Champagne there are the obvious two powerhouses: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And then there is the backup singer: Pinot Meunier. It does much more of the heavy lifting than it is recognized for, but it is also quite accommodating. Meunier is more easily grown in climates that are too cold for the other two infamous grapes, and actually takes up a whopping 40% of the plantings in the Champagne region. 

 

While it shares similar notes to its Pinot Noir sibling, Meunier has a milder earthiness with a bit higher acidity, and definitely brings the fruit to the party.  The star of its own show, it can certainly dazzle as a single varietal wine. Only in recent years has it become en vogue to drink 100% Meunier Champagne. In this month’s Club we are delighted to enjoy Meunier as a still red wine, and to see just what our warmer Cali climates can do for this now-famous varietal. 

 

– Kevin Wardell, September, 2021

 

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J.BRIX ‘PM DAYLIGHT’

PINOT MEUNIER
El Dorado County, California 2019

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PINOT MEUNIER
Yount Mill Vineyard, Napa, California 2019

POE

PINOT MEUNIER
Van der Kamp Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain, California 2018
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WINE SMARTS.

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