Pinot Meunier [pee-no moon-yay]

Definition: A red grape used in making Champagne and sparkling wines. Sometimes bottled as a varietal.

Grown primarily in: France, Germany, Switzerland and United States

Best Climate: Cool

Winemaking: Used mostly as a blending grape for Rosé and Champagne/Sparkling Wines. Is generally treated the same as pinot noir -- with a gentle hand.

Nose: Cherry, berry, melon, fig, pepper, spice.

Mouth: Light body, good acids.

Note: Most widely grown grape of the Champagne region of France. The nameMeunier means "miller" in French and the grape is so named because the underside of the leaves is powdery white, like flour.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel