The Blacks and Whites

Champagne Grapes

October 27, 2020

In this context, grapes could be classified into two groups – black and white. A typical Champagne would be a natural blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, except Blanc de blanc and Blanc de noir, which refer white from white (pure Chardonnay) and white from black (pure Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier or both) respectively. The dark-skinned Pinots render the wine length (after-taste) and backbone (balance) whilst white Chardonnay affects the acidity. There is, nonetheless, no golden ratio of grapes. After all, it depends on personal favours and types of sparkling wines.