Wine Word of the Week: Blanc de blancs

By Kori ~ September 6th, 2011.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is blanc de blancs.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Blanc de blancs, French for ‘white of whites’, 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.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Blanc de blancs sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay grapes.

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