All-Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs
Champagnes are Rare, but Reliable.
iven that Champagne is already a niche
within the sparkling wine niche, it may
seem odd to focus on blanc de blancs—a
very small subset of Champagne. The
overwhelming majority of Champagnes are non-vintage
blends of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay;
only about 5% of all Champagnes are blanc de blancs—
made entirely from Chardonnay. However, this focus
makes perfect sense in that blanc de blancs represent
the Champagne genre at its finest, and by carrying and
selling these elegant cuvées, merchants and fine restau-
rants can be assured that they are fulfilling the expecta-
tions of their customers who prize quality above all.
By Ed McCarthy