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.
Gratien & Meyer NV Brut Sparkling Crémant de Loire AOC
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of flaky croissant, toasted walnut, herb butter, and heirloom apple with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a stimulating, medium-long honeycomb and white strawberry finish. A buoyant cremant that dances across the palate before delivering a richly layered finish.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value French Sparkling Wine
90 points $18 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate NV Methode Champenoise Brut Sparkling American
90 points
$25
Pale straw color. Aromas of pear, candied walnut, pastry dough, and pressed flowers with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-long lemon chiffon and kiwi finish. Stupendously bright and celebratory with memorable length; this is a great sparkler for the holidays.
Gran Barón NV Brut Bio Cava DO
90 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe tangerine, chamomile, honey, dried peach, caramel, and straw with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of toasted almond croissant with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Cava.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
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.
Henkell NV Brut Sparkling Germany
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of apricot preserves, lemon bar, white flowers, and wet slate with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish conveying notes of toasted fruit cake and lemon scone. A fresh and mineral-driven nose leads to a slightly toasty palate; elegant and friendly.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Cool Woods NV Brut Sparkling South Australia
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Creamy, tropical aromas of papaya-apple custard and pineapple in yogurt with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long coconut tapioca, quince, herbed meyer lemons, and starfruit finish. A tasty lightly herbal sparkler that will be nice at the table.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
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
Cuvee No. 5 NV Brut Sparkling France
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, bavarian creme, and lavender with a satiny, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk coconut cream pie and marinated artichokes finish. A crisp, earthy sparkler for the table or buffet.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy