Rosé Brut Grand Cru NV

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

90% Chardonnay from Avize and Oger, and 10% Pinot Noir (bought from a friend in Verzenay) because they couldn’t get their own red fruit ripe enough. Blend of 2020 and 2021. Disgorged June 2023. Dosage 5 g/l.
Pearly pink. Melon and mango and a touch of raspberry cream. So pretty. Super-delicate bubbles – like a feather brush across your cheek. I love the touch of Sichuan peppercorn on the finish and the citrus bite of coriander seed. Much more than just pretty. Well-suited to delicate shellfish.
Drinking range: 2024 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - (May 2024)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

As they don't grow anything but Chardonnay, they buy Pinot Noir from Paul Dethune in Ambonnay. 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir (as red wine). Stainless steel, 100% malo. Dosage 8.3 g/l. More fruity than their whites. Blood orange with a touch of sweetness that I didn’t find in the white wines. Lime bonbon. Dusty spices on the finish, like fine-ground walnut skin. This is very satisfying. Plump in the middle. Wonderful food rosé. Drinking range: 2023 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - (Jun 2023)

This has the same base as the Blanc de Blancs, but with the addition of 8-10% of Pinot Noir which they buy from Paul Dethune in Ambonnay. It's made in the same spirit as Xavier Gonet's, and is light and airy and - as my note on tasting at the winery rather unprofessionally says - 'completely delish!'.L&S (May 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.

Christmas Grower Champagne Mixed Case

If this is not the time for a sparkling treat, when is? We've put together a selection of festive sparklers from some of our favourite growers. These might not be "big names" but it's hard to beat this level of quality at such a price, and, the icing on the cake, we have shaved our usual case price off by an extra ten pounds. Merry Christmas!

Pink bubbles

Pink bubbles - how delightfully decadent is that? And it doesn't come more delightfully decadent and pink and fizzy than Rosé Champagne, Prosecco and English Sparkling Rosé.

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