Pinot Meunier ('meunier' meaning miller in French) is a black grape that is predominantly grown as a partner for others such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
It is a late budding and early ripening fruit, unfortunately, not ageing as well on its own due to its fairly high acidity level. As a result, is predominately used in the making of champagne- less so for vintage batches, although it lends its fairly adaptable nature to smaller parcels of rosé and white sparkling wines with crisp flavours. This grape helps to add the fruitiness and freshness to the champagne, and adding body and richness to wines.
Pinot Meunier pairs well with foods such as; pork, shellfish, and blue cheeses.