Definition - What does Pinot Blanc mean?
Pinot Blanc is a white wine variety that is made of a genetic grape mutation of Pinot Gris, which is a Pinot Noir clone. Pinot Blanc wines are a well received sparkling wine variety because of their especially high acid content and non-distinct aroma. This contributes towards the full-bodied, dry or sweet characteristics of Pinot Blanc. This wine has regional name variations, in different regions you might hear Pinot Blanc being referred to as Pinot Bianco, Klevner, Weissburgunder and Beli Pinot.
WineFrog explains Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc is a wine varietal originally from Burgundy, a region in eastern France. Though the Pinot Blanc wines are produced even in Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Austria and Palatinate today; it is now mostly connected with Alsace.
In the past, Pinot Blanc was used in the making of both champagne and burgundy wines. But, today, it is only allowed to be used in very small quantities in burgundy wines. Pinot Blanc is famous all over the world and is currently produced commercially in countries like the US, Canada and in parts of South America.
It is often mistaken for Chardonnay because of their similar characteristics, like higher acidity index and lower aromatic components. Though Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are known for tasting and looking alike, Pinot Blanc is lighter than Chardonnay. Pinot Blanc’s most distinct characteristics are its slightly sour flavor with good acidity, and medium to high alcohol content.