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Schwarzriesling also known as Pinot Meunier, is a variety of black wine grape most noted for being one of the three main varieties used in the production of Champagne (the other two are the black variety Pinot noir and the white Chardonnay). Until recently, producers in Champagne generally did not acknowledge Pinot Meunier, preferring to emphasize the use of the other noble varieties, but now Pinot Meunier is gaining recognition for the body and richness it contributes to Champagne.

Although the name literally means "black Riesling," this variety is not related to the Riesling at all. In fact, it is a mutation of the Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) that ripens quite early.

In Germany, the Schwarzriesling is used most often to make still red wines. The style of those wines ranges from simple, light, off-dry to rich, dry with substantial flavors. More recently, Schwarzriesling is used also to make dry white wines with a fresh, fruity character.

Despite the variety's connection with Champagne, it only recently became popular to use Schwarzriesling in the production of sparkling wines Sekt, often not blended with its Champagne partners but as pure brut Schwarzriesling "Sekt".

The Schwarzriesling produces lighter colored wines with slightly higher acid levels but can maintain similar sugar and alcohol levels.

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