Best Extra Brut Champagnes
The Top Dry & Extra Brut Champagnes Available
Extra Brut is the designation given to Champagnes with a very low dosage, with no more than 6g/L of residual sugar. Low dosage is a category of Champagnes and sparkling wines currently gaining in popularity. That’s because more and more wine drinkers discover the pleasure of drinking Champagne with a meal. (All of the wines on this list are meant to be enjoyed with a meal and pair very well with most kinds of food.)
We also include Brut Nature wines in GAYOT’s list of the Best Extra Brut Champagnes. These are sparkling wines made with absolutely no dosage, making them the driest of all Champagnes.
1. 2004 Bollinger RD Extra Brut
This Bollinger bottling is considered the current king of the Extra Brut category. At 3 grams per liter, it’s a very low dosage sparkling wine and one with great concentration of flavor. On the nose, it offers ripe plum, stewed fall fruits, brioche and hints of chalky soil. Flavors of poached quince and apple, lemon rind and almonds dominate on the palate with a note of salinity threading its way through the flavor profile.
> For more information, visit the Champagne Bollinger official website.
2. Jacquesson Cuvée 741 Extra Brut
Origin: Dizy, France
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Price: $80 for 750 ml.
With an even lower dosage than the Bollinger, this Jacquesson Cuvée is one of the driest Champagnes on the market. It’s a racy wine with biting acidity, but it’s also a wine of great complexity, which is why it makes our list of the Best Extra Dry Champagnes. The red grapes in the blend come through with berry and cherry flavor, rounded out by toasty notes.
> For more information, visit the Champagne Jacquesson official website.
3. 2002 Gosset, Celebris, Extra Brut
Origin: Aÿ, France
Varietal: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir
Price: $165 for 750 ml.
This is a wine with great maturity. Its acidity has mellowed with time and is now expressed as preserved lemon. Flavors are a complex mix of sweet and savory, including roasted cashews and almonds, poached apricots and golden apples. Its persistent bubbles keep it feeling fresh, and minerality at the back of the palate gives an effect of a cleansing finish.
> For more information, visit the Champagne Gosset official website.
4. NV Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut
Origin: Tours-sur-Marne, France
Varietal: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir
If you enjoy a vibrant Champagne, this is your style of wine. Big, fresh and bursting with fruit flavors, it offers lemon zest acidity and notes of stone fruits. A faint salinity adds intrigue and almost makes the mouth water at the thought of the next sip. Interestingly, this is one of only two wines on our list with zero dosage.
> For more information, visit the Laurent-Perrier official website.
5. Pierre Paillard Les Parcelles Grand Cru Extra Brut
Origin: Bouzy, France
Varietal: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Price: $50 for 750 ml.
This is a Champagne with great delicacy. Pretty red fruit notes dominate on the nose and palate with lemon meringue acidity and succulent minerality. The wine offers a surprisingly creamy texture that sits pleasantly at the back of the palate. Despite its low dosage at 3.5 grams per liter, it benefits from great ripeness of the grapes used in the blend. One sip and it’s easy to see why it makes our list of the Best Extra Brut Champagnes.
> For more information, visit the Champagne Pierre Paillard official website.
6. Champagne Drappier Brut Nature
Origin: Urville, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Price: $55 for 750 ml.
This is one of two wines on our list with zero dosage. Despite that lack of dosage, this is a wine with compelling, ripe fruit flavor. Fruit notes include red plum, black grapes, yellow peach and citrus fruits. Hints of fresh herbs and baking spices add complexity. A faint salinity makes the mouth water for more.
> For more information, visit the Champagne Drappier official website.
7. 2013 Leclerc Briant Champagne Extra Brut Millésime
Origin: Épernay, France
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Another extremely low dosage wine on our list, this is an elegant rendition of bone-dry Champagne. A wine with tangerine acidity, it offers lovely tart apple and mild pear flavors with an underlying thread of minerality. Its finish lingers for memorable length. If you’re looking for a wine for a special brunch, this is the right one.
> For more information, visit the Leclerc Briant official website.