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pinot meunier

 

One of France's dozen most planted black grapes, but very rarely seen on a label. Its most important role is in the production of Champagne. It is a late ripener and less prone to rot than pinot noir making a reliably productive grape and it has slightly higher acidity levels making it a popular choice, especially in cooler north-facing vineyards. It is the most planted grape variety in Champagne, accounting for 40% of vineyards despite it being the least 'noble' of the three Champagne varieties. Pinot meunier contributes youthful fruitiness to Champagne to compliment pinot noir's weight and chardonnay's finesse, but it is mostly seen as the workhorse variety of the region.

 

 

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