About Brut

About Brut
Brut is a term that defines dryness levels in sparkling wines; it is most famously used for Champagne, but it is a common term used around the world for most sparkers.

While Brut means "dry" for all intents and purposes, it can actually be off-dry or even lightly sweet. The definition of Brut for Champagne is between 0-12 grams of residual sugar, so Brut actually describes a range of sensations.

No matter how dry a Brut sparkling wine actually is in technical terms, it is generally dry enough to serve at the dinner table with most foods.

Top Picks for Brut

Hagafen 2015 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine Napa Valley
92 points
$48
Bright salmon orange color. Fruity aromas of ripe raspberries, blackberry jam on toast, vanilla-sandalwood, and spiced plum tart with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, very long dried pineapple, spiced apple butter, sautéed mushrooms, bay leaf, allspice, and toasted almond slivers finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity Napa rose sparkler that is balanced by a hint of earthy charm.
Comartin Cellars NV Cuvée Jennifer Sonoma County
91 points
$45
Pale amber salmon color. Inviting aromas of buttered brioche, orange marmalade, apricot-mango yogurt, and iced apple danish with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, subtle, long sourdough with strawberry jam, dried bananas, southern biscuits, and hint of maple finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicious rose Sonoma sparkler that satisfies with classic notes of brioche and succulent strawberry.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Brut Sparkling Willamette Valley
91 points
$55
Medium straw color. Aromas of fallen green apple and grape with a lean, tart, petillant, dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, brisk kaffir lime, underripe green apple, and toast finish. A racy sparkling with acid to spare for opening up the palate.
Maison de Grand Esprit NV LÊtre Magique Cremant de Bourgogne
90 points
$20
Pale old gold color. Aromas of clover blossom, butter, heirloom apple, strawberry-banana yogurt, thyme, white chocolate drizzled tropical fruit, and toasted coconut with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length flaky biscuit, dried pineapple, white strawberry, and honeysuckle finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A flavorful Cremant with a great balance of fruit, toasty lees, and subtle herbs.
Altemasi NV Brut Sparkling Trento
89 points
$23.99
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of baked apple, ripe canary melon, smoky minerality, papaya, sweet tarragon, and apricot and banana fruit cocktail with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length pressed flowers and minerals finish. A crispy, dry and sophisticated sparkler to try with crudo.
89 points $23.99
Luc Belaire NV Brut Gold Sparkling France
87 points
$29.99
Straw green color. Inviting aromas and flavors of flamed candied orange, baked apple on belgian waffle, walnut pastry, and sweet cream gelato with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, cheery finish that exhibits notes of bay leaf, white pepper, and starfruit. A crispy everyday sparkler that envelops the palate with briochey warmth.
87 points $29.99
Marquis de la Tour NV Brut Sparkling France
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apples in warm pastry, herbed stuffing, and popovers with honey butter with a glycerous, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a fast finish with notes of dried apricot, glazed hot cross buns, and warm peach compote with moderate oak flavor. A toasty sparkler with lots of autumnal chardonnay character.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy