2) Blanc de Noirs refers to white sparkling wines made from red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in Champagne. The juice of virtually every red grape is actually clear so a quick pressing off the skins results in white wines such as these. The flavor of the wines retains hints of red fruits and tend to be somewhat richer than their Blanc de Blanc cousins
How to Read Sparkling wine Labels pt.1
January 28, 2011
When buying sparkling wine you quickly find out that you need a translator or a good dictionary, because you’ll need to know more than just the name of the wine although in some case that’ll do the trick! The first step in figuring out which sparkling wine is for you might begin with price, followed by style. While there are value-priced Champagnes on the market you might find you’ll get a better bang for your buck opting for a Cava from Spain or a Prosecco from Italy, even though these wines can be very different from Champagne. And then there are the Metodo Classicos, or Methode Champenoise, from around the world that emulate Champagne. It can get very confusing very fast.
The easiest place to start is with champagne, the most famous sparkling wine. Also because much of what works in Champagne also works around the world for the multitudes of Methode Champenoise wines that are now produced. The only thing I can’t relate here may very well be the most important, and that is each Champagne house’s or sparkling wine producer’s individual style. The best bet in learning more about the house styles is to try the wines. See which is light and crisp, or one that is toasty and rich. The next step is after you’ve discovered which house style you like is to determine what type of champagne it is:
1) Blanc de Blancs refers to wines made from white grapes, such as Chardonnay, in particular, when it comes to Champagne. These tend to be crisp and elegant with vibrant orchard-fruit tones
3) The third type is a blend of all three grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and this style tends to incorporate elements of the both of the above styles depending on the blend.