Taschner Pinot Meunier – Wine of the Weekend
Have you ever tasted a varietal Pinot Meunier? It is a true rarity worldwide, only a few estates bottle the “3rd” grape of Champagne as a varietal wine, and in Hungary Taschner is undoubtedly the only one. So if you look for something unique, this new release is a good choice.
Wine Searcher lists only 90 varietal Pinot Meunier wines, apart from Champagne we can find wines from Australia, USA, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and England.
Kurt István Taschner is passionate about the vineyards, he loves spending time among the vines. And he is a passionate photographer as we introduced him our article A winemaker obsessed by beauty. He is keen on using less known varieties, “Korai Piros Veltelini” (Frühroter Veltliner) is a good example. Kurt also makes méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine, another experiment of him was a Chardonnay Brut released to the market without being disgorged. Brave consumers or knowledgable sommeliers could disgorge the bottles and enjoy the unmistakable aromas a freshly disgorged sparkling wine.
This latest experiment is a single varietal Pinot Meunier, though it has been prepared for a long time: the vines were planted in 2011. According to the winemaker, Sopron wine region is ideal for the variety, which gave a complex wine of spicy character with red berry fruits. As Kurt commented, the wine is quite dividing: winelovers either love or hate it, there is no middle-of-the-road.
The wine costs only 2900 HUF at Taschner webshop (around 8 euros).
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