Domaine Chandon Pinot Meunier 2006

Red Wine from Carneros, California

Price: $31.99
Item No. 95447
Style: Light & Fruity

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

The wine is garnet in color with expressive aromas of blackberry, black cherry and raspberry jam with classic Pinot Meunier notes of brown spice, truffles and earth. On the palate, the wine is soft and approachable with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Rich, mouth-filling flavors of huckleberries, cloves, nutmeg, and mushrooms lead to a lingering finish.

While Domaine Chandon is best known a one of America's top sparkling wines, they also produce limited quantities of wines from estate grown vineyards. They craft these wines by drawing on the experience with the traditional champagne varietals and showcasing select parcels from their Carneros ranch, where they were among the pioneering growers and vintners of the region. Pinot Meunier (French for "miller" in reference to the powdery underside of the leaves that can look as though dusted with flour) is the soulful sibling of Pinot Noir. It plays a small but vital role in the blending of Chandon sparkling wines. Rarely planted outside of the Champagne region in France where it represents significant acreage in that appellation, Pinot Meunier is being discovered by only a few of the most adventurous winemakers.

Chandon's experience growing Carneros Pinot Meunier for our sparkling wine programs over the past three decades allows gives us unique insight and allows us to tap into the potential of this variety to create an exceptional wine. We believe its distinctive character deserves a place on every wine lover's table. Hand-crafted in 1989 in boutique quantities, the 2005 Pinot Meunier continues our proud tradition pioneering unique wine styles. Search for this wine and you will be rewarded.

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As the first American sparking wine venture by a French Champagne house (Moet & Chandon), Domaine Chandon has been a leader in sparkling wine production since 1973. Bringing hundreds of years of winemaking tradition and experience to the Napa Valley, Chandon's principal achievement has been to craft a range of sparkling wines that reflect California's vibrant regional character,...

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Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Other Red Wine

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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