From Brut to Doux: How Sweet is your Champagne?Written by David MasifonPosted on 03 19, 2018
Not a lot of drinks in the world is sweeter than champagne and regular drinkers of bubbly can attest to that. The very sight of champagne flutes full of bubbly brings us the sweetest joy at every appropriate occasion.
Champagnes and Calories
As a lover of champagne, pinning down what type works for you in terms of its level of sweetness wouldn’t hurt. Below is a comprehensive list of champagne types and their calorie ranges.
Brut Nature – 0-2 calories – 0-3 g/l Residual sugar is equivalent to < 1/6 teaspoon of sugar per 5 oz. serving.
Extra Brut – 0–5 calories – 0-6 g/l Residual sugar is equivalent to < 1/4 teaspoon of sugar per 5 oz. serving.
Brut – 0–7 calories – 0-12 g/l Residual sugar is equivalent to < 1/2 teaspoon of sugar per 5 oz. serving.
Extra Dry – 7–10 calories – 12-17 g/l Residual sugar is equivalent to 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon of sugar per 5 oz. serving.
Dry – 10–20 calories – 17-32 g/l Residual sugar is equivalent to 3/4 – 1 teaspoon of sugar per 5 oz. serving.
Demi-Sec – 20-30 calories – 32-50 g/l Residual sugar is equivalent to 1 – 2 teaspoons of sugar per 5 oz. serving.
Doux – more than 30 calories – 50+ g/l Residual sugar is equivalent to over 2 teaspoons of sugar per 5 oz. serving.
It’s important to note that Brut has a lot of wiggle room when it comes to sweetness while Extra Brut and Brut Nature have significantly more focused sugar content. Brut Champagne is a level of sweetness in sparkling wine. The sweetness comes from a step in the Champagne making process called “dosage”, pronounced “doe-sazj”, which is when a small amount of sugar or grape must is put back into the wine before it’s corked. Because sparkling wine is traditionally very acidic, the purpose of this sweetness is to reduce the intensity of tartness. It’s like how we may add a little sugar to our coffee to “round out” the flavour. Eventually, sparkling wine producers realised that people’s sweetness preference varied, so several options where provided.
One of the fascinating facts on wine is how little sugar it takes to make wine taste sweet. If you looked into how many grams of sugar are actually in a 6 oz serving (177 ml) glass of sparkling wine, you’d learn it’s considerably low compared to other beverages. Including the most cloyingly sweet Demi-Sec style.
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