100% Chardonnay from Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Stainless steel, 100% malo and six years sur lattes. Dosage 2.5 g/l. Smells of sour cream and lemon zest. Lots of groovy, grooved bitterness, lots of dusty spice and stone dust. This wine is much more about the finish; the mid palate backfills right at the end. I love the contrast of the rich smoothness and ‘thickness’ of sour cream with the tiny, sharp, peppery, ground-rocks sensation of the bubbles. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 17.5 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2023)
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This cuvée has been ageing for more than 6 years in our cellars and does not need any dosage. The Chardonnay is full and reflects perfectly the freshness, the mineralogy and all the characteristics of our chalky soil.Winemaker's notes (Aug 2022)
Champagne Franck Bonville
Domaine Franck Bonville has around 15 hectares of vines in 77 parcels of vines spread across three Grand Cru Côte des Blancs villages, Avize (9ha), Oger (4.5ha) and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (.5ha). Already certified Haute Valeur Environmentale, the vineyards are gradually being converted to fully organic viticulture.
The origins of the domaine go back to Alfred Bonville, who from around 1900 bought up parcels of land in the years following phylloxera, always within reach by horse of his home in Oger. Despite the wars he continued to invest after the birth of his son Franck, and in 1937 they bought a house in Avize complete with press and barrel cellar. From the end of the war, Franck began to sell Champagnes under his own name.
Franck's son Gilles and his wife Ingrid continued the work, replacing the old casks with stainless steel for a more precise vinification. Their son Olivier trained as an oenologist and joined the domaine in 1996 after working in Germany and Corsica. Olivier has focused his attention on sustainable viticulture and purity of expression, so that the wines offer 'the aromatic complexity and elegance of Chardonnay', as well as 'the authenticity of the Cote des Blancs terroir and the minerality of the chalky sub-soil'. All the wines go through malolactic fermentation, and apart from the barrel-aged Belles Voyes cuvée, all are made in stainless steel.
Now joined by his son-in-law, Ferdinand Ruelle-Dudel, Olivier is free to concentrate on the vineyards and wine-making, and this estate, which has been on an upward quality trajectory for some years, is rapidly becoming one of the reference points of the Côte des Blancs.
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