In Champagne Blanc de Blancs wines are made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes usually grown in the Côte des Blancs vineyards near Epernay. These are the most prized grapes in all of Champagne so Blanc de Blancs wines are often the most expensive. They display butter, hazelnut, white flower and citrus characters with fine acidity.
Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France. It is the most famous and prestigious sparkling wine in the world and is produced from grapes grown only in the Champagne region, the most northerly wine region of France, north-east of Paris. There are three main areas, the Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne and Montagne de Reims. Champagne is produced by a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Only three grape varieties are used: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
The lightest of all Champagne styles but with high acidity and bubbles (helps to wash clean the palate) Blanc de Blancs Champagne styles work especially well with rich shellfish dishes like scallop or lobster in butter sauce, creamy cheeses like Brie and poultry in sauce.
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