Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Forgotten Champagne Grape

Had an interesting wine this evening with my Balsamic-glazed New York Strip--the 2002 Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier Carneros. Usually, Pinot Meunier is used in Champagne and Sparkling Wines--Blanc de Noirs etc. This is the first time I have seen a varietally labeled still wine of this grape and go figure, Domaine Chandon is one of the premier sparkling wine and Champagne producers in the world and has experience with this grape varietal.

The Pinot Meunier reminded me of a sublte Pinot Noir--light in color with notes of ripe plum, raspberry, soy, ginger and a hint of flowers. Very tasty indeed and priced at around $25 a bottle.

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