Pinot Meunier

Pinot Meunier is a black grape variety primarily known for its role in the production of Champagne, alongside Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It contributes freshness, fruitiness, and a certain vivacity to the blend, offering flavors of red fruits like cherry and raspberry, with subtle earthy notes. This grape ripens early and is more resistant to cold than Pinot Noir, making it particularly valuable in cooler climates. While most famous in Champagne, Pinot Meunier is also used in still wine production in regions such as Germany, where it's known as Schwarzriesling, and increasingly in other parts of the world. Its versatility and unique profile make it a fascinating variety for both sparkling and still wines.