Flavors of cherry compote, Dr. Pepper, vanilla, exotic spice and sandalwood are brightened by acidity, making this easy to mistake for a Pinot Noir. This is rich, vital and complex, so pair it with fare like roast duck or lamb. Greg La Follette has taken the lead in California in exploring the Meunier possibilities, with brilliant results. Drink now–2017.
From a small north-east facing vineyard in the Vallée de la Marne, this ripe, soft, generous wine also has great intensity. It is full and concentrated, with pear and apple fruits allied to touches of bitter almonds, wood and fruit. It’s a vintage that could age, although it is just right to drink now.
Named after a parcel of vines, this superripe wine is made exclusively of Pinot Meunier—it’s rare to taste a wine entirely from this grape. Besides being full-bodied, it is also very minerally in character, it has a steely quality which suggests the ability to age well. Applause to Dehours for indicating the disgorgement date on the back label.
Hard to tell the difference between this wine and a Pinot Noir. It’s silky, brisk and lightly tannic, with savory raspberry jam, cola, sautéed mushroom and spice flavors. Drink over the next few years for freshness.
Light in body, silky and acidic, made in a more elegant and sophisticated style than some of those bigger, extracted Pinots. Almost like a white wine, but with intense raspberry and cherry fruit, cola, rosehip tea, spice and oak flavors. Decant for a few hours, or drink over the next three years.
Virtually identical with Pinot Noir, and quite a good one at that. Shows cool-climate influence in the translucent color, vital acidity and pure flavors of raspberries and persimmons, accented with smoky oak.
With a light, silky texture and plenty of acidity, this Pinot Noir-like wine will appeal to connoisseurs who can understand its complexity. The flavors are of sour cherry candy, mushroom and mineral.
Dried spices, dusty earth and steely red fruit mesh well in this wine, which closes with enticing cherry and bitter chocolate notes. This wine is toasty, oh-so-smooth, and undeniably plush and seductive. Share this with someone special.