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Chandon California Pinot Meunier 2009

Pinot Meunier from Carneros, California
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Winemaker Notes

Bright fruits greet the nose with fresh plum, raspberry, boysenberry and strawberry jam. Deliciously fresh and juicy flavors of cranberry and pomegranate are balanced by roasted aromas of cola nut and hints of bay laurel. Pinot Meunier as a varietal offers earthiness to sparkling wines and that character is revealed in the still wine as notes of soubois. The 2009 vintage is distinguished by superb aromas and lively, vibrant palate.

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Sommoliers will call this a restaurant wine because it supports food rather than dominating it. It's bone dry, crisp in acidity and silky, with subtle cherry tobacco, cola and sandalwood flavors. Drink now as an interesting switch on Pinot Noir.
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Chandon California

Chandon California

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Chandon California, Carneros, California
2009 Pinot Meunier
Chandon California is Born French, Raised in California

Born in 1973 from the sparkling connection between two pioneers, and raised among the peaks and valleys of the golden state of California, we are Chandon California. The vision of our founders? To make the very best Californian sparkling wine possible. Vibrant, fresh, approachable, Chandon California uses the same three noble grape varieties used in Champagne (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier), but our grapes enjoy the sunnier Californian climate, resulting in flavor that is more fruit-forward. We invite you to grab your squad, pop a bottle, and discover more.


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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. Its close proximity to the San Francisco Peninsula and the San Pablo Bay is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo Bay create a cooling effect ideal for producing wines with crisp acidity and balanced flavors.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and more recently, Old-World style Syrah. While more delicate than most wines from neighboring regions, these are firmly structured, complex, and full of flavor. Carneros is also an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne.

Pinot Meunier

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This late budding and early ripening red variety, while once planted extensively throughout northern France, is today almost exclusively used in Champagne, France. In Champagne’s two or three varietal blend, Pinot Meunier adds lively fruit. Chardonnay adds brightness and Pinot noir is appreciated for structure and weight. Pinot Meunier has acidity levels higher than in Pinot noir, making it a prized choice for Champagne growers. It thrives in cool north-facing vineyards, and is able to withstand damp or frost-prone valleys. Not surprisingly, it does well in Germany where it goes by Müllerrebe or confusingly, Schwarzriesling. You can also find it in other cooler climate wine zones such as the German-speaking Switzerland, Austria, and even Victoria, Australia.

Though we don’t often see it bottled on its own, there are a handful of California and French producers—pretty much anywhere sparkling wine is made—who do. As a red wine, it is light bodied and light in color, but with a bold nose of cocoa, espresso, black cherry and smoke. Sweet spice and red berry fruit back up the firm structure in a Pinot Meunier.

GZT6035715_2009 Item# 110230