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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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