2009 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

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Franck Bonville today is run by Olivier Bonville, the great grandson of Franck who acts as the proprietor of his family's estate. With 20 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Avize, Oger, Cramant and Mesnil, Bonville's wines are made entirely from Grand Cru-level Chardonnay and therefore labeled as Blanc de Blanc. Their wines always have a wonderful richness balanced by an incredibly chalky minerality that pierces through the Chardonnay flavor. The standard Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc is one of the most popular and successful wines in the history of K&L, a perpetual customer favorite that our Champagne shoppers come back to time and time again.

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2017 | Send Email
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Franck Bonville is one of our most popular producers of Champagne that we offer here at K&L. Their 2009 vintage of Blanc de Blancs fails to disappoint. Lemon curd, roasted Brazil nuts, and nectarine play wonderfully with an upfront and pleasant chalky minerality. Slight creaminess on the palate, though it finishes crisp and fresh. Minerality really comes through, as does lemon zest and golden apple pastry. This Champagne’s elevated acidity lends it to being an ideal choice as an aperitif or pairing with hors d’oeuvres (especially shellfish). Easily one of my favorites!

Staff Image By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2017 | Send Email
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One word, WOW! Tasting this champagne is an experience not to be missed. The flavors are intense and in sync with the acid which dances on your tongue. The finish stayed with me long after the champagne was gone. I just can’t get enough of this one! This may sound silly but I actually got goose bumps.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2017 | Send Email
I have not had a Champagne form Franck Bonville that is not well crafted and delicious. The 2009 is no exception to this experience. It has the nice aromatics of a Bonville Champagne, is nice and dry, and has nice medium body. It is layered and shows a lite touch of round mid palate flavors.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2017 | Send Email
Bonville is always one of my favorite Champagne producers. The 2009 Millesime shows its vintage with immediate drinkability, richness, and soft bubbles. Notes of brioche and caramel are accompanied by flavors of pear, apple and fresh minerality. Grab a couple of bottles because this one will go down fast,

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2017 | Send Email
Yeasty with caramel notes right from the top, the 2009 "Millesime" Brut is every bit the toasty, mineral-driven Champagne we’ve come to love from Bonville, with the added accessibility of a rich, easygoing vintage. While the extra time on the lees really comes through, this still a bright Blanc de Blancs with tiny mousse, lemon and green apple fruit, and a clean yet lingering finish. This is an incredible addition (Grand Cru! Avize!) to our Direct Import lineup.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2017 | Send Email
Apples and pears backed by a refreshing toast. Soft bubbles, round texture, crisp, and lean. Very nice!

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2017 | Send Email
It really made my day when our buyer Gary Westby informed us we had a special batch of the 2009 vintage from my favorite Grand Cru Avize producer, and that it had been aged on the lees an extra two years! The fruit is broad and rich on the palate, with lemon, honey and marzipan, with a creamy toastiness and impressive levels of crisp acid and chalk. Great richness and depth while retaining remarkable freshness and drinkability. A true feat of craftsmanship!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2017 | Send Email
This is a beautiful example of how a vintage Champagne can showcase both the richness and brioche qualities of an aged sparkling, with the brightness and minerality that balance it so well. Personally, I am a fan of younger Champagnes, as I tend to shy from the nutty quality often found in older ones. I found this Bonville to be the best of both worlds with the vibrant fruit shining through and the yeasted creaminess adding body and structure. This is one that will appeal to every Champagne drinker and will be welcomed at any occasion.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2017 | Send Email
Sometimes you need a miracle during the month of March and sometimes Someone hears you and you get Champagne that was aged longer than intended. Well that has happened, one of our favorite DI, Bonville, from champagne has found some 2009 that was aging in his cellar for longer than usual. What happens when an amazing producer has his wine age for an extra two years on the lees? Pure magic my friends. This wine has length and plenty of minerality and drive with a beautiful dry finish. However, those extra years add a richness and roundness that is absolutely delicious. Seriously this is good.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2017 | Send Email
I just tasted this a few minutes and boy, what two added years on the lees will do! It still has that Franck Bonville snap of acidity but, it has a wonderful, white flower nose with an underscoring lushness of white and yellow fruits with vanilla, cream and brioche notes. One of the best vintage Franck Bonville's that I have ever had. Enjoy!

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2017 | Send Email
We have found a hidden treasure! I couldn't be happier that more of this incredible vintage was found hiding at the winery. The extra few months on the lees has added complexity, weight and longevity to the bright and lively blanc de blanc. The 2009 vintage is known to be richer and more full bodied than previous vintages, but I've found this champagne to be full of fresh acidity and a younger profile than excepted. An easy wine to enjoy now with the ability to age!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2017 | Send Email
We drank a bottle of this last night while closing the store, and I was surprised at just how good this Champagne showed. This has the focus and snap of many 2008's, and an incredibly long, mineral driven finish. Most of the 2009's I have had have been much broader and lower in acid than this all Avize Grand Cru super star. While it is showing great now, I think this has a lot of potential for the future!
Drink from 2017 to 2029

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.