10 sparkling wines made from pinot noir or chardonnay


While the world of wine is often filled with a lot of gray areas – quirks that color outside the lines – some things can turn out a bit more black and white. Or maybe we should say noir and White.

Blancs de Blancs are sparkling wines made from white grapes. In most of France, including Champagne, the grape will likely be Chardonnay, but Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and other regional white grapes can also be used. The Blancs de Blancs are typically pungent, linear and citrus-oriented, which is the result of the grapes used.

Blancs de Noirs are sparkling wines made from red grapes. Mainly found in Champagne, this style is primarily Pinot Noir focused, but Pinot Meunier can also be included in the blend or showcased in single varietal bottlings. Generally, Blancs de Blancs offer aromas of ripe fruit and a full texture.

Although champagne is the benchmark for these two styles, they are reproduced in many other sparkling wine regions. With examples from France, California, and Oregon, here are five Blancs de Blancs and five Whites de Noirs to research and open.

White of whites

Argyle 2015 Spirit Hill Vineyard Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (Eola-Amity Hills); $ 50. This one-year, vintage cuvée has been fermented and aged in neutral barrels … SEE THE NOTE AND THE FULL OPINION

Ayala 2015 Le Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne); $ 90. Faithful to the style of the house, it is a dry brut … SEE THE SCORE AND FULL OPINION

Bruno Paillard NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut (Champagne); $ 75. Produced exclusively from Grand Cru fruits grown on the Côte des Blancs, this is a crunchy and textured Champagne… SEE THE RATING AND THE FULL REVIEW

Iron Horse 2017 Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs Estate Bottled Sparkling (Green Valley); $ 56. With a lemon mousse and a slate and tangy freshness, this Chardonnay-based sparkler is deliciously dry and complex … SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Vitteaut-Alberti NV Brut Blanc de Blancs (Crémant de Bourgogne); $ 23. This blanc de blancs using the traditional method is made from an 80/20 blend of Chardonnay and Aligoté… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL OPINION

White and black

Besserat de Bellefon NV BB Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Brut (Champagne); $ 90. With its 100% Pinot Noir from great vintages, this Champagne has great richness and good structure … SEE THE RATING AND THE FULL REVIEW

Devaux NV Coeur des Bar Blanc de Noirs Brut (Champagne); $ 60. The vineyards of Bar sur Seine in Aube are renowned for Pinot Noir… SEE THE NOTE AND THE FULL OPINION

Lytle-Barnett 2017 Sparkling Blanc de Noirs (Eola-Amity Hills); $ 75. Despite a relatively high dosage of 5 g / L, it seems quite dry and has a strong mineral component … SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

We Recommend:

Schramsberg 2017 Brut Blanc de Noirs Sparkling (North Coast); $ 43. Only a hint of pink in the straw color of this wine gives a clue that it is made from black grapes… SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Willm NV Blanc de Noirs Brut (Crémant d’Alsace); $ 17. A reductive smoky earthy stain further obscures the aromas of this sparkler … SEE THE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Posted on December 31, 2021


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