Pinot Meunier (historically just Meunier) is a dark-berried grape variety most famously used in the Champagne blend. It is a clonal mutation of the Pinot group, and so shares the same DNA fingerprint as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and sundry other derivatives.
Less highly acclaimed than its partners Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier is something of a quiet workhorse in Champagne. The word Meunier is French for “miller”, and refers here to the “floury” appearance of the underside of the vines’ leaves.
It is grown to make still and sparkling wine in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.