By Kori ~ September 13th, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is blanc de noirs.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Blanc de noirs, French for â€˜white of blacksâ€™, describes a white wine made from dark-skinned grapes by pressing them very gently and running the pale juice off the skins as early as possible. Many such still wines have a slightly pink tinge. The term has a specific meaning in the Champagne region, where it is used to describe a champagne made exclusively from pinot noir and meunier grapes. It is a specialty of the Aube in Champagne.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Blanc de noirs sparkling wine, which has a pink tinge, is made from red grapes, Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier.
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