FRANCK BONVILLE

Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Champagne Franck Bonville NV

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

70% 2017, with 30% reserve wines (20% 2015). This fine dry Blanc de Blancs keeps all the airiness of the classic Cote des Blanc villages (it's made from Oger and Avize), while having a rounded mid-palate thanks to the generosity of the Bonville house style. Beautifully pure finish. L&S (Mar 2022)

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Chardonnay from Avize, Oger and Les Mesnil-sur-Oger. 50% from 2021, 50% from 2020. Stainless-steel vinfication. 100% malo. Disgorged August 2023. Dosage 2 g/l.
This is lovely. It has ripe-fruited naturalness. Russet apples, clementines, gorgeous nutty frame (praline, crushed walnut). Round and generous with a little zizz of lemon sherbet. Everything in place and utterly 'drink me' delicious.
Drinking range: 2024 - 2028 Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2024)

100% Chardonnay from Avize and Oger. 100% malo. A blend of reserve wines, mostly 2019 and 2020. Dosage 8.3 g/l. Apple blossom and white apple. Very fresh, dainty, pretty and à point. Lemon oil adding structure. Pert. As refreshing as a glass of cold lemonade with a long, sherbety finish. Drinking range: 2023 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2023)

An excellent substitute for a Christmas grande marque, this 100% chardonnay has top notes of apple blossom and a succulent, biscuity finish.Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (Dec 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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