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Champagne Blanc de Noirs

Iconic white sparkling wine with hints of red berries, a touch of spice, and brioche notes.

Hailing from the world-famous sparkling wine region in northeast France, Blanc de Noirs Champagne translates as ‘white from black’ because it’s a pale color but made from black grapes. It boasts gentle fresh strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and apple notes along with a brush of spice, appealing signature bready notes, and fine, creamy bubbles. 

If you’re wondering how black grapes produce white sparkling wine, you’ll find the answer in the skins. Most black grapes have white flesh so color, along with a few other useful winemaking components, is found in the skin of a grape and teased out in the winery through a technique called maceration. Think of it as steeping a teabag in hot water with the depth of color proportional to how long it soaks. The same goes for Blanc de Noirs winemaking with the less skin contact, the paler the wine. This bubbly tends to have a slightly deeper hue than other Champagne styles but, while enough flavor is coaxed out of the black grape skins to give it a red fruit character, it’s still pale. 

Fun Fact: The number of names to describe the bubbles in Champagne show just how important they are. The words ‘effervescence’, ‘mousse’, and ‘perlage’ are a few ways of describing this central feature of this iconic wine.

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