There’s not a lot of still, red pinot meunier out there, which made this wine a fun trick question blind tasting guessing game. The grape is getting more attention than ever in Champagne, where after decades of barely acknowledging its existence, wines with pinot meunier at the fore of a blend are becoming more and more common. Outside of Champagne, we’re still not sure what to make of it. Clos Saint Fiacre is a small family estate that has benefitted from the recent addition of Orlèans to AOC status (2006). About an hour west of Paris, Orléans is along the northerly bend of the Loire, east of Cheverny and north of Sancerre. We don’t know if it’s a common thing to grow pinot meunier here, but judging by the truly distinctive aromatics of this wine, it probably ought to be. This is wine for drinkers of Beaujolais and Burgundy, with its classic northern climate aromatics and snappy acidity. If it’s hot and humid outside, give it a chill!