Champagne, France, Prestige Champagne, Review

Champagne, darkly: Blanc de Noirs

This is the time to pull out the Blanc de Noirs Champange.

Blanc de Noirs literally means white from black, which, even metaphorically, seems appropriate. Generally NV Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. A Blanc de Noirs is 100% Pinot Noir. It has a red fruit depth, sometimes described as a meatiness, somewhat similar in taste to vintage Champagne.

One of my favourites is from Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vigne NV, but other excellent Blanc de Noirs are Pommery Wintertime and the very special vintage Bollinger, Ay Vieilles Vignes Francaises Blanc de Noirs.

One enjoyed recently is 100% Pinot Noir Secondé-Collard Blanc de Noirs Brut NV. It has the nose of a much more expensive Champagne, although one third the price of the Egly-Ouriet, with crunchy biscuity characters. The name is also appropriate, for it’s the right way to see divorce, or any significant relationship ending – as a second chance at your life.

This is not the end; it is white from black, it’s a light at the end of the dark tunnel and it’s a time to mark a new beginning.

Let’s raise our glasses to your freedom.

[Alt text: After the divorce. Advice to a Friend.]

Image: Jeanne Moureau

Thanks to @wine_scribbler for opportunity to taste NV Secondé-Collard provided by @NicksWine