Region, Subregion, Country:
Champagne Blanc de Blancs, France
The pale yellow robe of this cuvée lets us see the very thin bubbles escaping from the bottom of the flute to create a beautiful cordon. The nose is delicate, elegant and discreet. Then, at the opening, the first white flowers fragrances (acacia and orange) turn into fresh fruits and citrus fruits (white peach, litchi and grapefruit). The mouth is fresh, supple and generous. The spring fragrances we felt before are coming back with some salty notes. Fresh cut fruits aromas are integrated into a sweet and savory blend. This is a strong and dynamic Champagne surrounded by a richness and smoothness allowing the dosage to be reduced to 9g/l. This is a generous chardonnay and we advise you to enjoy it by the aperitif.
With roots dating back to the early 1900s, Franck Bonville’s house and family motto could be described as the best and only the best – such is the philosophy of the now 4th generation of wine growers in the Bonville family currently represented by Olivier Bonville who favours Grand Cru Champagne. The 12-hectare family domain in Avize contrasts with its neighbours in that with exception of Pinot Noir for their Rose, Olivier works with one grape only - 100% classified Grand Cru Chardonnay. Franck Bonville Champagne combines the crus of Cramant, Avize, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger – allowing Olivier to source the required powerfulness, fruitiness, roundness, minerality and sharpness as needed from these varying expressions of terroir. Working with nature is also a big part of the philosophy with an emphasis on biodiversity, maintaining ecosystems and recovering rain water wherever possible in the interests of sustainability. Modern technology has also been progressively introduced but not at the expense of Frank Bonville’s tradition of quality and precision – while steel thermo regulated vats have been added to manage slow and complete fermentation in the interests of aromatics, careful blending is carried out before the wines rest for several years in contact with sediment. The sediment is later expelled and a measured amount of liqueur de dosage is added for balance – the best dosage is one that is not perceptible but one that truly respects the elegant balance of Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne.