2013 Franck Bonville "Les Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1007632 91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This has finesse and elegance, with a thin stream of bubbles and crisp, dry apple flavor. It is taut with a cool feel. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

K&L Notes

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 '20s or early '30s and the vineyard is ideally located in the mid slope of this Grand Cru village. The wine is made entirely from the 2013 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 Blancs, 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)

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By: Jennifer Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2020 | Send Email
Delicious sparkling champagne that's perfect for any special gathering or event. Notes of anise, clover and and honey shine through on this fine blanc de blanc. The mouth feel is exquisite when combined with any savory meal of fish, red meats or fresh grilled vegetables. Easy to drink now or save for a few years in the cellar. Cheers!

By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2019 | Send Email
Extraordinary flavor explosion. Super low dosage so it is crisp and bright. Fermented and aged in Oak. Turmeric and toasty baking spices. Vanilla, golden apples. It is hard to believe you can drink something this provocative Champagne for this price.I can go on but why don't you stop by and experience this delicacy for yourself ?

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2018 | Send Email
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Once the bottle is opened, a nose of lemon curd, citrus and brioche wafts up at you, immediately letting you know that there is a lot going on with this wine. Nutty background notes lend interest and make this a memorable Champagne. In the mouth, apricot, pineapple and cream are the primary flavors with Granny Smith apples and hazelnuts in the background. The citrus aspect of the chardonnay really comes out on the finish and lends a bit of zippiness to the overall impression. Update: 2012 vintage (8/23/2018). This bottling still retains all that I expect from the Belles Voyes vineyard. Rich and round, with scents of fresh pastry, lemon meringue, oak, and baking spices. Also rich on the palate, with round yellow fruits, baked caramel and tropical fruit. Looooooong finish! As expected, great acidity on the finish that is creamy AND lingering. This beauty won our customer tasting in August of champagnes solely from the 2012 vintage.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2018 | Send Email
One of the most memorable wines I tasted when I began my tenure at K&L over a decade ago was the "Belles Voyes" based primarily on the 2002 vintage. Each time I taste a new release, I am transported back to that original bottling. It has never disappointed. The newest iteration is as equally spectacular as that original taste showing roasted apple, toasted bread and dried ginger notes. It is expansive on the palate and finishes long. I expect this to hold as much sway over me as the other wine did 10 years ago. This is a keeper for sure.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
This spectacular wine is word class in every way. IN our recent tasting, although it was much younger, this was closest in style to the $350 Dom Perignon P2 that we tried, but it's just SO much better! The massive richness and complexity of the grapes works perfectly in this style, small barrel ageing. If you're going to oak your wine, you better make sure that you're putting the very best grapes in there or you're gonna have a bad time. The ultra complex style is as seamless as it is sexy. Truly the perfect Tete-de-Cuvee and would be a steal at twice the price. But then again we sell out of this one every time, so not sure if I'm doing anyone any favors with this one...

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
So here's the deal. Champagne is awesome! We all know that! What is even more amazing is when you taste something and you are sure that it costs at least $200. That was exactly my thought when opening this, an insanely good example of what one-hundred-year-old vines can do for a wine. For absolutely no reason, other than the fact that I'm Dan, and logic always comes in second after drama, this, the "belle VOYES" makes me think of a VOYAGE. One that transcends reality and takes you into a new world. One of pleasure. And one that comes with an entry fee of $69.99, which is quite simply unbelievable.

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
Opting to barrel ferment the fruit that goes into the “Belles Voyes”, it showcases the complexity that comes from the almost 100 year old vines. The rounded texture due to time spent in barrel helps elevate the complex aromatics of asian spice, orange zest, lemon meringue and a touch of brioche. The Bonville “Belles Voyes” is a tete du cuvee that can compete with the best of them but is also a pure example of the Cotes des Blancs terroir.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2015 | Send Email
Easily outshining exponentially more expensive Champagne, Belle Voyes shows apple brightness, intense aromatics, plus complex lees-y brioche notes and a heady elegance. It almost feels ridiculous to call a $69 bottle value-priced, but for the quality, Franck Bonville is a steal. A perfect celebratory investment.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
I almost find it embarrassing to drink this 3000 bottle production single vineyard Champagne as often as I do... But I get over it every time Cinnamon and I open a bottle. Like a great white Burgundy it has terroir, and the flavors are inimitably cotes de blancs Champagne. It has the complexity and the detail for the fussy wine person in me, but it is also shockingly easy to drink. The Belles Voyes always grows in my memory after having it. One of the most memorable bottles I drank of it was with a bib on, eating fresh king crab legs, but it is just as appropriate for the aperitif. Take advantage of our unfairly large allocation of this tiny production Champagne and treat yourself to a bottle!
Top Value!

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2015 | Send Email
The Belles Voyes is tied for my absolute favorite Champagne that we import. Without question this bottle is one of the classiest, most complex, and simply amazing wines we carry. Coming from a single vineyard planted in the 1920’s and 30’s the old vine soul of this wine comes through, expressing a deep mineral core that runs from start to long lingering finish. This is one of my favorite bottles to bring to restaurants to enjoy with their tasting menus tasting menus because of the beautiful evolution it goes through from the first glass to the last. It starts being a beautifully focused and crisp Blanc de Blanc, pear and apples, fresh vibrant citrus notes, perfect for the first few lighter dishes. As the wine warms up and gets air it puts on weight, starting to show the character from barrel fermentation. Golden apricots, pastry dough, baked apples and spice lend a richness and greater texture to the wine, matching perfectly with the progression of dishes. Weather out at a fancy dinner, or just wanting to enjoy some truly amazing Champagne, this is the perfect bottle.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2013 | Send Email
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I don't think there is anything I can say about this wine that Gary or my colleagues haven't already said yet I feel compelled to review it. Hands down my favorite Champagne in the store. Even when you take much more expensive wines into account it's hard to say that considerably more cash gets you any improvement in quality.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2012 | Send Email
When most people talk about "value for money" they are thinking of a great $10 red. At $67.99 this is our best "value" in Champagne, easily the equal of wines selling for many hundreds of dollars. This wine was featured in our last staff Champagne tasting and elicited a collective moment of silence in sheer appreciation. If you think you can't appreciate a great Champagne, try tasting this alongside the Franck Bonville "Brut Selection" Blanc de Blancs Champagne at $32.99 - excellent in its own right - and you will see what I mean.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2012 | Send Email
Exceptional. This bottle can match or outperform champagnes at twice the price. Amazing nose of citrus, green apple, and vanilla. Intriguingly full palate of pear, apple pie, and mineral notes with hints of baking spice. Absolutely delicious, pick a bottle up soon!

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2011 | Send Email
On of the most elegant yet powerful Blanc de Blancs Champagne I've had this year. I also think its one of the houses best cuvee's they've made that you can enjoy now or cellar for years! All 2004 vintage old vine fruit shows lovely integration on the palate. The nose is crisp and minerally with subtle sweet sugar cookie dough essences. Freshly smashed ripe apple crisps up on the palate with notes of allspice! A very amazing Champagne...treat yourself before its gone!

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2010 | Send Email
This could be the best Direct Import Champagne that we bring in! Depending on the day and my mood, it absolutely is! Old vine, single vineyard Chardonnay that spend some time in old Burgundy barrels, what is not to love about this?! It is great now, long complex and tasty, it get even better with bottle age (I had one from the first batch we brought in [email protected]@#@$G!)

By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2008 | Send Email
Franck Bonville's exceptional cuvees come from the villages of Avize, Cremant and Oger and this, the Les Belles Voyes, is based entirely on the 2002 vintage. The nose on this wine was like a perfectly aged Corton Charlemagne, with hazelnut richness and a soft, balanced palate. Like a waltz for your senses: elegant and refined!

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