Franck Bonville "Prestige" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
A rich and smoky base note of roasted nut supports flavors of lemon meringue pie, quince paste, toasted coconut and cumin, and spun honey. There's lovely creamy texture here, with finely meshed acidity throughout. (AN)
It's a rich, yeasty wine with ripe apple and peach flavors accompanying a soft texture. It's a rounded Champagne, on the sweeter side of brut, finishing with attractive acidity. (RV)
Rated "Extraordinary" by the Underground Wine Letter, which writes: "This is a gorgeous Champagne with richness, depth and complexity." Bonville's stunningly rich, creamy Blanc de Blancs has the minerality and zing that one would expect from an all-Chardonnay Champagne. The Bonvilles were grape growers in the Côte de Blancs until after World War II, when they began making Champagne themselves with fruit from the grand cru villages of Avize and Oger. The domaine, a true family-run enterprise, is now in its third generation. It's run by Olivier Bonville, who grew up in the business working side-by-side with his parents, Ingrid and Gilles. Today the estate covers 20 hectares (45 acres) in the grand cru villages of Cramant, Avize and Oger. These exclusive vineyards guarantee the highest quality fruit. The vines are cultivated with respect for the environment, and the vinification is done with the greatest possible care, with long aging before bottling. We have been importing Champagne Franck Bonville directly for many years now and have thus earned an allocation of this small-production cuvée to share with you. The current batch is all sourced from old, mid-slope vines in Oger and Cramant. The vine age averages over 50, with no vines under 40 years in the blend.