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

Lawer Estates NV Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine California
91 points
$22
Yellow straw color. Aromas of sweet bread, white peach, flint, pear, green kiwi, and almond with a supple, lively, bubbly, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length yellow apple, chalk, and lemon curd finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright creamy, bubbly Brut full of rich traditional method flavors.
Carter Creek Family Winery NV Brut Sparkling Temecula Valley
89 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Aromas of violet, mint, crumpets, and lemon curd with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, elegant, medium-long peach, persimmon, sea salt, and biscotti finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A charming Temecula Brut sparkler with great acidity and beautiful, dancing aromas.
DH Lescombes 2019 Brut Sparkling Wine New Mexico
88 points
$17
Golden straw color. Aromas of candy apple, green apple, ripe melon, pineapple, fresh parsley, and key lime pie with a supple, racy, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length concord grape juice, cotton candy grapes, fresh melon, elderflower syrup, unripe kiwi, lime zest, and peach gummy finish with no oak flavor. A fresh, bone-dry yet pleasantly fruity and floral Sparkling for everyday sipping.
Kreme De Cuvee 2019 Brut California
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of peach jam on toasted brioche, honeycrisp apple, toasted almonds, hazelnuts, and minerals with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length lemon curd, hints of candied ginger, and fondant finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and friendly Brut sparkler that offers great bang for your buck.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
88 points $14 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo NV Extra Brut Sparkling Wine Mendoza
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of coconut jam, graham cracker crust, pressed flowers, and lime with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length white peach, tangerine, and pastry crust finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A well-behaved, gentle sparkler with soft fruit flavors.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
87 points $11 Best Buy
Days of Youth NV The Diver Brut Sparkling California
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of scones with cultured butter, orange marmalade, honey, and lime with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pineapple and apricot finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun toasty sparkler that hits all the notes.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Carter Estate 2015 Brut Sparkling South Coast
86 points
$35
Pale light amber color. Aromas of lemon peel, green apple, baked pear, lavender, and champagne vinaigrette with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, buoyant golden apples and buttery puff pastry finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, distinctive Brut sparkler.
Angels & Cowboys NV Brut Sparkling Wine California
85 points
$22
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of white stones, toast, and gala apple with a lean, vibrant, dry light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of lemon swathe and curry spices with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A perfectly simple sparkler for anything from appetizers to fresh pastas.
House Wine NV Brut Bubbles Washington
84 points
$6
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of peaches in sweet cream with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry light body and a polished, rapid finish that exhibits notes of pickled apples and lemon pith with no oak flavor. A fun, off-dry bubbly refresher for casual celebrations.
84 points $6 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée California
84 points
$9.99
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of candied pear, honey-drizzled biscuits, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a polished, snappy lime zest finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, bright and awakening sparkler.
84 points $9.99