‘Meunier is the most “Champenois” of grapes’, according to Benoît Déhu of La Rue de Noyers.
Of course, he is right. This grape variety is planted over one-third of the vineyard area in Champagne, and yet enjoys a far lower profile than the other Champagne varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Misunderstood and maligned, the variety is rarely planted outside Champagne, yet a new generation of Champagne producers are now singing the praises of this underappreciated variety.
Some of their work is nothing short of spectacular.