As its name may indicate, Pinot Meunier is a mutation of Pinot Noir. It comes from northern France. It grows mostly in the Champagne region of northeastern France. It is also grown in California, New York, Oregon, Washington State, Germany, and the Loire Valley of France.
Pinot Meunier is well suited to cool climates, as it buds later than Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the other components of Champagne. It brings fruit and acidity to this world class sparkling wine. Pinot Meunier grapes are more acidic than Pinot Noirs, but are less colored with lower tannins. Pinot Meunier still wines are rosť to light red in color, and are nicely acidic with a touch of smoke. They should be consumed young. the result is a product that is a light red to rosť in color, with crisp acidity and some smoky notes. Although these wines are not designed to age, they are very enjoyable in their youth.
Enjoy still Pinot Meunier wines with Roast Lamb, Mu Shu Pork, Barbequed meat, and Blue Cheese. Enjoy Champagne with virtually any high-quality food, or on its own.