Blanc de Noirs
Literally meaning ‘White of Blacks’, Blanc de Noirs is quite simply white Champagne produced solely from the two black skinned grape varieties permitted in Champagne: Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Certainly not as common as Blanc de Blancs, these are beginning to carve a name for themselves. Blanc de Noirs are quite versatile with food; some possess the structure to match heavier dishes where one might default to a heavy still red wine. Although this may sound somewhat odd, my favourite Blanc de Noirs tend to be the examples that have still achieved elegance and finesse, and if served blind, are not instantly recognizable as a Blanc de Noirs.