2016 Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Le Mesnil Champagne Franck Bonville

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

Franck Bonville’s 2016 Pur Mesnil Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is showing brilliantly, with aromas of crushed stones, orchard fruits, almonds, baked bread and pastry, followed by a medium to full-bodied, broad and rich palate with a long, ethereal and gourmand finish enhanced by a beautiful bitterness and mineral aftertaste. Drinking range: 2023 - 2038 Rating: 94 Yohan Castaing, www.robertparker.com (Nov 2023)

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Dosage : 5,8 g/l
Chardonnay : 100%
After more than 5 years of ageing under cork, this vintage comes from 3 plots mainly located in the lower slopes of Mesnil sur Oger. This part of the terroir is characterized by almost surface-level chalk.
The nose is subtle and quite evolved, with notes of toasted bread and spices. The palate is direct, creamy, and full. You can find this slightly vinous and evolved character. The finish, with an extreme salinity, expresses all the tension of the Mesnil sur Oger terroir.
Vintage : 2016
Vines : Les Zailleux, Le Tilleul & Les Hautes Mottes
« The biting salinity and the generosity of this particular vintage make this cuvée a distinct wine »
Vinification : Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in stainless steel tanks
Terroir : Le Mesnil sur Oger Grand Cru
Winemaker'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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