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Pinot Meunier


International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

Regional Varieties:   Baga    Barbera    Blaufränkisch    Brachetto    Carignan    Carménère    Cinsaut    Dolcetto    Gamay    Graciano    Lagrein    Malvasia Nera    Marzemino    Montepulciano    Mourvèdre    Nero d'Avola    Petit Verdot    Petite Sirah    Pinot Meunier    Pinotage    Touriga Nacional


Believed to be a mutation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier is best known for its use in the production of Champagne. The grape most likely originated in France, but there is little certainty as to when or where. It is best known for lending body and richness to some Champagne, where it is the only grape allowed for production besides Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is also used in some sparkling wines outside France. Pinot Meunier is rarely varietally made.