By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2014 | Send Email
The 2008 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne is one of the first that we have received from this great vintage, and it might be the best bottle of vintage Champagne in the store right now. Last night, Cinnamon and I decided to drink a bottle with one of our favorite Champagne partners, sushi to go. This was not my first bottle of this great Champagne; when Cinnamon and I went to Bonville’s great 20 vintage vertical in Avize last June, it was premiered. I knew that I was in for a treat. But what a treat it was. I can’t say that I have been as impressed by a young bottle of vintage Champagne ever. This Blanc de Blancs is loaded with extroverted aromatics, and from the nose I would guess that it came from a fat, ripe vintage. The white fruit is almost exotic, the bready quality almost warm... It had a lot to give. On the palate this Bonville has the characteristic rich Avize fruit up front, but the back end of the wine is packed with electric vibrancy and fine chalk. To say that it is long finishing is an understatement. I still taste it today. Given the extraordinary form that old bottles of Bonville have today, I would venture to guess that this wine will improve for many decades. The 1964 Bonville looks to be a 100 year wine, the 1961 still has plenty of vigor. At the low price this is offered for, I plan to put down a case for myself. In 20 years I will kick myself for not putting down five. If you love Champagne, don’t miss this one.
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