About Blanc de Blancs

About Blanc de Blancs
Blanc de Blancs, literally "white from white" refers to a Champagne or other sparkling wine that is made with only white grapes. For Champagne that white grape is exclusively Chardonnay. Blanc de Blancs also pair beautifully with many types of seafood, from grouper to tilapia.

As Chardonnay grown in the Champagne region has such naturally high acidity, the common thinking is that a Blanc de Blancs Champagne ages better than most other Champagnes, although its aging potential depends on numerous factors, including vine age, depth of fruit and cellar practices.

The term Blanc de Blancs is also used for other sparkling wines; the meaning is the same - only white varieties are allowed.

Top Picks for Blanc de Blancs

Paradise Ridge 2012 Love Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
92 points
$52
Yellow straw color. Aromas of green apple, artisan pastry crust, and creamy caramel with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length lime zest and juice, buttered toast, and limestone finish. A bright, citrusy Blancs de Blancs that opens the palate with remarkable freshness for its maturity.
Paradise Ridge 2014 Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
88 points
$44
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of triscuits with butter, herb scones, and salted parker dinner rolls with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with shades of champagne vinaigrette, toasted nuts, and red delicious apple with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A vivacious Blanc de Blancs with assertive acidity; cellar this wine to unveil its full potential.
Carter Estate 2015 Blanc De Blancs South Coast
87 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas of spiced apple chutney, baked peach, toasted baguette, coconut, and candied walnuts with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, rapid tart lemon and grapefruit, cranberry, sea salt, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry, racy sparkler for cheese and hors d’ouevres.
Paradise Ridge 2013 Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
87 points
$55
Golden yellow color. Aromas of añejo tequila, parker dinner rolls, and peanut brittle with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry medium body and an even, crisp meyer lemon and white grapefruit spritz finish. A vivacious sparkler with rich baked aromas.
Sidewood 2015 Cassandra Blanc de Blancs Adelaide Hills
87 points
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden kiwi and pineapple yogurt with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of lemon soufflé, yellow apple, and buttered popcorn. A cheery and festive sparkler from down under.
Shottesbrooke NV Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay
87 points
$27.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of baked apple, brioche French toast, apricot preserves, and orange zest with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length granola, buttercream, cedar, and lemon supremes finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lively sparkler with a warm and toasty underbelly.
87 points $27.99
Sterling NV Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
86 points
$35
Golden straw color. Sweet aromas of vanilla syrup, tapioca pudding, coconut creme, and kumquat with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, fast apricot yogurt and toast finish with light oak flavor. A friendly California sparkler for everyday enjoyment.
Biltmore Estate 2015 Vintage Blanc de Blancs North Carolina
86 points
$50
Emerald straw color. Aromas of sweet yogurt, lime curd, celery salad, buttered raisin swirl toast, and caramel with a glycerous, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long tropical fruit tart finish with coating tannins and light oak flavor. A blanc de blancs with creamy oak and tropical style.
Le Grand Courtâge NV Grand Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling France
85 points
$18.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of toasted almond, apple cake, toasty pastry, and butter with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with notes of minerals and white peach. An easy-drinking, fruity sparkler for everyday celebrations.
85 points $18.99
Frey NV Organic Totality Sparkling Wine Sierra Foothills
84 points
$48
Old gold color. Aromas of toasted corn muffins, dried apricot, nuts in honey, barnyard hay, and sherry with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a peppery, breezy roasted agave and white pepper finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry and funky sparkler for the table.