Meunier grape is most important in the Champagne region of France.
It is one of the three authorized grapes for making Champagne along
and Pinot Noir. Pinot Meunier is a mutation of
Pinot Noir that
was already known in the 16th century. It is widely grown in the
Champagne region and sparsely in parts of Germany
and other parts of France. It prefers rich, fertile land and does
not do well on limestone soils. Pinot Meunier matures just a few
days later than Pinot Noir.
makes a light fruity wine that 'fleshes out' a Champagne and adds softness