About Demi Sec

About Demi Sec
Demi-Sec, literally "half-dry" is a term used in Champagne. Although called half-dry, a demi-sec Champagne is medium sweet, as it is legally defined as having between 33 to 50 grams of residual sugar. Thus a demi-sec is too sweet for the dinner table, but works well with pastries and cakes.

Once popular, it has declined in sales, as consumers prefer drier Champagnes.

Top Picks for Demi Sec

Stone Hill NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine Hermann
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, mango, lychee, lime, and tarragon with a round, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of pears in syrup with no oak flavor. A fresh, pure and exotic sparkling wine for fans of Gewurztraminer.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Proscotto NV Semi-Sweet California
86 points
$6.99
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Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple cooler and orange blossom with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk brioche with honey and marmalade finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An off-dry toaster to garnish with festive berries.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Living Coral NV Sparkling Rose
85 points
$14
Pale salmon color. Fresh aromas and flavors of incense, peach, and tamarind with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, brisk finish evoking accents of apricot and almond with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicate sparkler with a pillowy froth.