Blanc de Noirs: making white wine with red wine ? - My Wine Days
Producing red wine with purplish grapes and white wine from white grapes seems quite logical but did you know that we could produce white wine from black grapes? In this article, we unveil all the secrets of “Blanc de Noir”.
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To make a white wine from a black grape: The separation of skin and the juice
This part is actually pretty simple. Almost every black grapes varieties clear juice just as the white ones. You can easily check this by cutting a black grape in 2, the grape flesh will be whitish and the juice from it will be clear as water. In fact, the color associated with red wine is actually contained is the skin of the grapes and is released only if the skin and the juice are pressed and fermented together. Thus, if black grape varieties are pressed before fermentation, the skins are separated from the juice and we can obtain a white wine!
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Champagne, a white sparkling wine with black grapes
Wines pressed from black grapes have an important role for champagnes. In fact, out of the three main grape varieties for champagne two of them are black (Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir). Thus, the term “Blanc de Noirs” (literally translated “White of black” in English) means that a white wine produced from black grapes.
Find out more about red grape varieties that are used to make white wines here!
 
What about making red wines with white grapes then?
As confusing as it can be, it is also possible to make red wine with white grape varieties. This is due to the fact that not all grape varieties used to produce white wine have a white skin. For example, when fully ripe, grapes such as Gewürztraminer or Pinot Grigio have a red skin. Therefore, if you ferment these grapes in the form of must, while keeping the skins, you will obtain a wine that will vary in color from pinkish to slightly reddish.
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