What is Blanc de Blanc champagne?

What is Blanc de Blanc champagne?

Steven Murtagh

Written By Steven Murtagh

If you’re someone that enjoys a bottle of bubbly, be it sparkling wine or champagne, you’ll likely have heard of Blanc de Blancs. The name refers to a type of champagne produced under specific conditions and made from white grapes. This article examines the origins of Blanc de Blanc Champagne, its drinking characteristics, and whether it makes for a good gift.


What do we mean by ‘Blanc de Blancs’?

Translating to ‘white of whites’, champagnes classified as Blanc de Blanc must be made exclusively from white grapes. Traditionally, the majority included are of the Chardonnay variety, although the Arbane and Pinot Blanc grapes found in the appellation might also be used. This is in contrast to most other champagnes which are typically blended from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The result is a crystal clear champagne with a slight golden hue.

The term ‘Blanc de Blanc’ first originated in the Champagne region in France and while wines made exclusively from white grapes weren’t uncommon, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that the phrase started to appear of labels. Nowadays, you can find examples of Blanc de Blancs Champagne from across Europe and beyond. Although all should be produced following the traditional French method.


Why buy Blanc de Blanc champagne

There many reasons why Blanc de Blanc is often recommended as a personal or corporate gift. Firstly, this champagne is delicate and refreshing. Due to the single type of grape its fruit flavours are fresh and crisp, complete with a lively acidity. Many bottles will also feature a hint of minerality, which will be more apparent the longer the Champagne spends on the lees. There is an almost savoury to many Blanc de Blancs that makes for a joyous drinking experience, whether paired with food or opened to enjoy on its own.

Blanc de Blancs tend to be on the drier side, although some bottles may be sweeter depending on the amount of dosage included. This is the sugar and wine mixture that’s added to champagnes and sparkling wines to balance out the acidity.

We stock the delicious Jose Michel and Jose Michel Vintage Clos St Jean Blanc de Blancs. Both of these champagnes are ideal for marking significant milestones in the life of your business, your employees, or your clients. For example, we’d recommend either of these Blanc de Blancs for 50th anniversary wine gifts.

Food pairings for Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blanc champagne is perfect for gifting and serving at dinner events because it pairs wonderfully with a range of food. It goes great with light flavours you are likely to experience in a starter, such as acidic salad leaves and seafood. Then when it comes to the main course, it is effective at cutting through strong umami flavours and spices. The clean refreshing taste of Blanc de Blanc can also be enjoyed on its own for an evening or afternoon event.


Browse fine wine and champagne gifts online

Jean Juviniere only stocks wines from expert producers to guarantee our customers. This applies to the champagne and sparkling wines available through our online shop as well, so it’s no surprise that Blanc de Blanc features. Choosing the right Champagne gift can go a long way to showing your appreciation. Get in touch if you have questions about our products, personal wine tastings, or delivery options.