2015 Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Champagne Franck Bonville

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 12.5%

Chardonnay from Avize; disgorged July 2022; 6.7g/L dosage – all on back label; aged 75 months on lees; cork.

The generosity and power of the ripe 2015 season are translated in a rich blanc de blancs filled with golden delicious apple and ripe pear that contrast the cut of acidity and pronounced chalk mineral texture that set apart this distinguished cru. The fragrance, energy, drive and carry of the house are clipped by the exuberance of the season, making for a style to drink now.

Tasted in 2022
Rating: 90 Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide (Jul 2024)

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The 2015 Brut Blanc de Blancs Millésime Grand Cru is a pure Chardonnay from Avize. It is golden in the glass and opens with a pure note of ripe Golden Delicious apple and a hint of buttery popcorn. Melted butter and flavors of golden polenta give much savor to the slightly loose palate that has an edge of bitter almond. The mousse is lively, bubbles burst softly. Very much a 2015 wine, but with freshness and flavor. Dosage is 6.7gr/L. Disgorged: May, 2022. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 93 Anne Krebiehl MW, (Oct 2023)

"Vintage years go along with particular harvest. With its dry summer and its warm harvest, 2015 is one of these particular years. Brought up from our cellars for the first time in May 2022 after more than 6 years on ageing, our Millésime 2015 is full of promises. The beautiful spring naturally kept going to a quite warm beginning of summer. The flowering was complete in the middle of June, followed by a hot and dry summer. Harvest began on September 7th with light grapes due to the drought, but a great natural maturity of 11 degrees Baume. Now, this well born vintage has kept a superb freshness. Notes of fresh fruits wrap this cuvée with a lot of elegancy Avize’s chalky subsoil resonates again at the end to fade into minty and iodized touches." Olivier BonvilleWinemaker's notes (Sep 2023)

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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