By Kori ~ September 6th, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is blanc de blancs.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Blanc de blancs, French for â€˜white of whitesâ€™, may justifiably be used to describe white wines made from pale-skinned grapes, as the great majority of them are. The term has real significance, however, only when used for white sparkling wines, in the production of which dark-skinned grapes often predominate. A blanc de blancs champagne, for example, is, unusually, made exclusively from chardonnay grapes.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Blanc de blancs sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay grapes.
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