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.
William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Blancs Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$40
Emerald straw color. Aromas of cream, toasted brioche, yogurt with lemon, and fresh crepes with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length toasted basmati rice and hazelnut finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A creamy, toasty Blanc de Blanc well deserving of a celebratory toast.
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.
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
Gold Seal NV Champagne New York State
83 points
$13.99
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of omelet, marzipan, overripe peach, struck match, and ripe apples with a round, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a graceful, fast agave nectar, orange marmalade, and peach danish finish. A bubbly, fruity treat for casual celebrations.
83 points $13.99