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PINOT MEUNIER

There is a good chance you haven’t heard of Pinot Meunier (if you have, you have our permission to feel a tad smug), it’s a wily varietal. Like a John Le Carré character; never operating in the open yet secretly pulling all sorts of strings. You are highly unlikely to see Pinot Meunier written on a bottle label, yet it is essential for Champagne production. The highest percentage of vine plantings in the appellation is of Pinot Meunier and it is the only varietal that can happily ripen in all regions of Champagne.

Pinot Meunier, also known as simply Meunier or Schwarzriesling, is a black grape that is one of the three main varietals in Champagne. Champagnes with a substantial proportion of Pinot Meunier tend not to have as much significant aging potential as Champagnes that are composed primarily of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. It is therefore most commonly used for Champagnes that are intended to be consumed young, when the soft fruit of the Pinot Meunier is at its peak. A notable exception is the Champagne house of Krug which makes liberal use of Pinot Meunier in its long-lived prestige cuvees.

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  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne - 37.5CL - HALF BOTTLE

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

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    Our French is rudimentary, but we think that Canard-Duchêne roughly translates as "duck of oak". And we believe ...
  • Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV

    Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve NV

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    £55.00

    A subtle splash of red, in an otherwise black and white world can be powerfully poignant. Like the heart balloon that...
  • Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    £25.00

    £25.00

    When you think Pinot Noir you picture deliciously soft, silky and smooth red wines with juicy red berry flavours and ...
  • Lanson Rosé Non Vintage Pink Champagne

    Lanson Rosé NV Champagne

    £40.00

    £40.00

    Pink Champagne? That's all a bit frivolous, isn't it? Well, yes - that's the point of it - but also, no, not necessar...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Now £37.00

    Was £45.00

    £37.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

    Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

    Now £30.00

    Was £39.00

    £30.00

    Every bottle of wine is a mystery; before the cork is popped it has the potential to be both exceptional and thoroughly ...
  • Taittinger Rosé Non Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger Rosé NV Champagne

    £49.00

    £49.00

    Taittinger's Rosé is a deep, ruby tinted pink. It's almost exactly the colour of quince jelly - and in the same...
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    £45.00

    £45.00

    In the same way that, in the natural world, many animals are drawn to the mate with the most colourful foliage/colour...

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