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

Glenora 2014 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay
92 points
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of peach skin and dehydrated strawberry with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length granny smith, lime zest, and Campari finish. A zippy little Blanc de Blanc; a prelude to a meal meant to impress.
92 points $29.99
Shottesbrooke NV 1337 Heritage Series Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Adelaide Hills
89 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon curd, peach skin, nougat, and honey cream on apple with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of apricot, lime, and raisin toast with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A vibrant blanc de blanc shimmering with ripe fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
89 points $27.99
Shottesbrooke NV Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay
87 points
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
Corner 103 2015  Vernaccia
87 points
Clear straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon drop candies, marzipan, pineapple husk, croissant with honey, and white peach puree with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying shades of chalk and petrol. Toasty lees notes take front and center in this unique Vernaccia sparkler; try cellaring!
Sterling NV Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
86 points
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
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.
Frey NV Organic Totality Sparkling Wine Sierra Foothills
84 points
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.
Frey 2007 Organic Totality Sparkling Wine Sierra Foothills
80 points
Medium gold color. Mature aromas of fallen golden apple, almond skins, sherry, and dried apricot with a satiny, soft, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, swift hint of nail polish remover finish. An interesting sparkler with an oxidative character.