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SPARKLING WINE: Limited Edition Chandon Blanc de Noirs

The limited edition bottle for Holiday 2013
is wrapped in snowy white and festive
stars. Photo courtesy Chandon.

 

If you’re looking for a special yet affordable bubbly for the holiday season, take a look at this limited edition sparkler from Chandon, a Blanc de Noirs champagne-style wine.

Blanc de Noirs means “white from black,” referring to the white wine that is produced from black* Pinot Noir grapes. Its counterpart is Blanc de Blancs, a white wine produced from white (Chardonnay) grapes.

Most champagne-style wines are a mix of Pinot Noir and chardonnay grapes. A Blanc de Noir is all Pinot Noir; a Blanc de Blanc is all Chardonnay. (The winemaker may add a small amount of a black grape, Pinot Meunier, to add structure to the wine.)

Blanc de Noirs is a versatile wine, a great match with everything from fruity to spicy to salty foods, and the often hard-to-mach Asian, Latin American, Mexican and Southwestern cuisines. Pair it with just about anything.

 
*Actually dark purple.

 

Chandon Blanc de Noirs is a full-flavored, fruit-driven blend with a light copper hue. There are red fruits—strawberry, currant and cherry—on both the nose and palate.

The suggested retail price is $24.00 at wine stores nationwide or Shop.Chandon.com.

  




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