Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Richly spiced, with ground anise, clove, ginger and cardamom, this offers a lively bead, fresh acidity and flavors of quince, honey, pastry dough and golden raisin. Offers a soft, creamy finish. Drink now through 2018.
Rated Outstanding Plus/Exceptional Plus Potential from the Underground Wine Letter which writes: "This is Franck Bonville’s top of the line cuvee. The wine never carries a vintage date although this wine is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay from the great 2004 vintage. The grapes come from the less than 2 acre Belles Voyes vineyard in Oger. The vines are about 80 years old having been planted in the late twenties and early thirties. The grapes are fermented and aged for a short time in old oak barrels before bottling. Les Belles Voyes is always an outstanding Champagne and this bottling is one of the best. Light yellow in color, the wine has a stunningly complex perfume with hints of apple, citrus, and pear with subtle nuances of spice and vanilla and a faint underlying crème brulee accent." This is one of the best Champagnes we carry regardless of price. Made from the one and three quarters acre Belles Voyes vineyard in Oger, this is Bonville's top of the line Champagne. The vines were planted in the late twenties or early thirties and the vineyard is ideally located in the mid slope of this Grand Cru village. The wine is made entirely from the 2004 harvest and is all Chardonnay. Olivier Bonville ferments and ages the juice in old oak casks before bottling. The only wine I can compare it to is the Clos de Mesnil from Krug. It is the perfect Blanc de Blanc, rich and taut at once and any words that I use to describe it will not do it proper justice. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)