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

Mumm Napa NV Blanc De Blancs Napa County
93 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Aromas of vanilla frosted banana and coconut cakes and spiced pineapple with a bright, bubbly, dry full body and a long fruit parfait, creme anglaise, and macaroons finish with no oak flavor. A creamy, buttery, richly fruit-driven domestic sparkler that will appeal to Champagne drinkers.
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.
Fox Run 2017 Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
87 points
$35
Straw color. Sulfurous aromas of buttery apple almond torte, grilled pineapple, and green herbs and ramps with an bright, bubbly, dry medium body and an appealing, medium brown butter sauteed citrus, burnt orange, ramps, and brioche finish. An herbal, Cava like domestic sparkling wine.
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.
Rubus NV Brut Blanc De Blancs France
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of multigrain nut toast, roasted limes and stone fruit, and green papaya salad with a bright, bubbly, dry medium body and a medium apricot, tarragon, jolly rancher, and roasted lime finish with no oak flavor. A refreshing French sparkler for picnics and bbq’s.
86 points $12 Best Buy