Sunday, June 27, 2010

I love a Blanc de Noir!

In honor of Bubble Sunday I will share some info about a favorite of mine ~ and actually it's more of a style, than a particular wine... Blanc de Noir.

Blanc de Noir (blahnk deh no-wahr) is French for "white from black" meaning a white wine made from black (red) grapes. Classic Champagne or Sparkling wines are a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay ~ so, when you see Blanc de Noir you know that the grapes are (or should be) Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier, or a blend of the two.

The flavor profile of a BDN is much different than that of classic bubbly in that you will get more "berry" in the nose and mouth, usually leaning towards strawberries (real, fresh strawberry, not strawberry flavoring, which is heavier and more candy-like), and raspberries or cherries. This style of wine is not "sweet," but will definitely be more fruit-forward and highly aromatic. In some instances, you might be able to pick up a hint of smoke from the Pinot Noir, adding a bit of complexity to the wine.

The Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noir pictured is one of my favorites and has the honor of being the Sparkling wine served at all White House receptions, but there are many other brands that are (IMHO) just as yummy! Try the Gruet BDN from New Mexico, it's about $15, instead of the usual $20 for the Chandon...

Find it ~ Buy it ~ Try it ~ Love it!
Salud` KathyD

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