Word of the Week: Brut

Sipping Champagne may seem like one of the most refined pleasures in life, but in the 19th century, the French would have deemed you a “brute” for your taste! The label “Brut” is used to indicate a dry Champagne containing less than 12 grams/liter of residual sugar. It’s the most popular and visible category of Champagne, and the “Brut” designation has been adopted by other sparkling wine regions around the globe. Several producers make sparkling wines that are even drier still. Champagnes deemed “Extra Brut” carry less than 6 g/l of residual sugar, while the steely and almost austere “Brut Nature” wines allow a maximum of 3 g/l. Despite the omnipresence of Brut Champagnes on today’s market, they weren’t always in fashion. In the 1800s, the French preferred their Champagnes sugary sweet. Their best customers, the British, had a different palate. Over the years, the British demanded drier and drier Champagnes. In 1876 (incidentally also the year Louis Roederer first crafted the famous Cristal Champagne for Tsar Alexander II), the Champenois created the new “Brut” category, noting the “brutish” or “crude” British taste. So next time you’re dressed to the nines enjoying a glass of Brut Champagne, save a sip for your inner rebel and celebrate your brutish side.

Pierre Péters

Cuvée de Réserve Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

Rodolphe Péters took over the reins of this venerable estate in the southern Côte des Blancs in 2008, becoming the fourth generation to lead since the estate was founded in 1919, under the name Camille Péters. 100% Chardonnay, Crisp, fine mousse with steady flow of bubbles. Citrus, herb and biscuit aromas. Fresh fruit flavors of peach, apples and lemons, smooth and dry. Lingering mineral finish ending with elegance. Nice! — 2 years ago

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Philipponnat

Clos des Goisses Brut Champagne Blend 2004

65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay. 11 years before disgorgement. I’ve had many great Champagnes, and this is one of them. Lemon skin, yellow apple and a hint of apricot. Slightly caramelized from oxidation that makes this perfect. — a year ago

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Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2008

Jeremy Noye
9.8

One of the greatest young Champagnes I’ve ever had and by far the finest Cristal. An epic wine. Can’t wait to see it in 10years. Power. Depth. Length. Texture is supple. Salty. Savory. Lemon rind. Has it all. — a year ago

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Bollinger

Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

Always a favorite in our house. You can tell it's Bollinger from the first sip - tastes like freshly buttered sourdough. — 2 years ago

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Vilmart & Cie

Cœur de Cuvée Rilly-la-Montagne 1er Cru Brut Champagne Blend 2006

Yotam Sharon
9.5

The Vilmart is smashing. So vibrant and fresh on the nose, so opulent and alluring on the palate. I'm not usually huge on Champagne, but that might be just because I don't get to drink Vilmart more often. — 4 years ago

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Agrapart & Fils (Pascal Agrapart)

Terroirs Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik
9.3

Fresh as a daisy bringing white flowers and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice to the centre palate. Great lift, lively mousse and a steely finish. Always a winner. — 4 years ago

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