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

Bricoleur Vineyards NV Flying By The Seat Of Our Pants Brut Sparkling Wine North Coast
92 points
$45
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple and pear, chestnut honey on sourdough toast, marzipan, and caramelized citrus with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of peach and kiwi skins and roasted citrus with no oak flavor. Dry, mature-seeming California sparkler moonlighting in the style of Blanc de Noir Champagne.
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.
JFJ NV Brut Champagne California
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of green pear and white flowers white tea with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long green apple, kiwi, and orchard fruits finish. A bright and bubbly sipper with an abundance of orchard fruits and a zesty citrus finish.
89 points $10 Best Buy
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
DH Lescombes 2021 Brut Sparkling Wine New Mexico
87 points
$17
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cup with banana and peach cream danish with a velvety, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish revealing notes of meyer lemon granita, dried apricot, and reduced tangerine with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A round, mouthwatering fruit basket of a sparkler that will whet the appetite as a aperitif.
Mumm Napa NV Brut Prestige Napa County
86 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peach yogurt with toast, roasted stone fruits, cheese rind, and citrus oil with a supple, finely carbonated, medium body and an even, agreeable mango papaya chutney, lemon-clementine pastry, and brazil nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A solid California sparkler with a savory character and fine carbonation.
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.