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How Much Sugar in Brut Champagne?

May 27, 2013 Blog » Learn About Wine » How Much Sugar in Brut Champagne?

Brut Champagne Sweetness Levels
In an attempt to show what sweetness in sparkling wine really is, we filled each glass with the actual amount of granulated sugar (in grams).

Brut Definition

Brut Champagne is a level of sweetness in sparkling wine. The level of sweetness varies from Brut Nature (no added sugar) to Doux (sweet). Brut has a lot of wiggle room in sweetness as you’ll see below, whereas Extra Brut and Brut Nature are very focused in their sugar content. This can be helpful in sorting out what you like.

Brut Nature
Brut Zero 0-3 grams/liter Residual Sugar
Extra Brut
0-6 g/l RS
0-12 g/l RS
Extra Dry
12-17 g/l RS
17-32 g/l RS
32-50 g/l RS
50+ g/l RS


Calories in Champagne?
Learn more about the calories in wine with this fascinating wine nutrition facts infographic


brut champagne sweetness level compared to other drinks

comparison graph

How much sugar is in Champagne compared to other drinks?

One of the most fascinating things about wine is how little sugar it takes to make wine taste sweet. If you look at how many grams of sugar are actually in a 6 oz serving (177 ml) glass of sparkling wine, it’s actually quite low compared to other beverages. Even the most cloyingly sweet Demi Sec style.

Sugar (grams) in Tasty Drinks
Vodka Soda
Brut Nature Sparkling Wine
Brut Sparkling Wine
Demi Sec Sparkling Wine
Gin & Tonic
Honest Tea Green Tea
Starbucks 2% Milk Grande Latte
Margarita on the rocks (made w/ simple syrup)
Jack & Coke


So… why does Champagne give me a headache?

If you’ve been blaming sugar as the culprit for why you keep getting Champagne headaches… well, this might not be the case. As a regular wine drinker (I usually consume at least a bottle a week of bubbles) I used to get Champagne headaches really bad. Here’s what was happening to me, which might also be happening to you:
You Don’t Feel Thirsty Bubbles quench your thirst so you don’t drink as much water.
You Drink More It’s easy to drink a whole bottle of Champagne because of its quaffable style. Whereas, a bottle of rich dark red wine is a little more of a slow arduous process.
You Drink Late Sparkling wine goes along with late night entertainment such as New Year’s parties, clubbing and other debaucherous activities. Plus, that hot tub you’re in will also dehydrate you (you sweat in hot water–you just can’t tell).

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By Madeline Puckette
I'm a certified wine geek with a passion for meeting people, travel, and delicious food. You often find me crawling around dank cellars or frolicking through vineyards.