2005 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1054220

This library bottle being released concurrently with the 2012 vintage and has been undisturbed in the chalk cellars of Bonville since release. It is composed entirely of estate, Grand Cru Chardonnay, 70% from Avize and 30% from Cramant. It is fermented entirely in stainless steel and goes through complete malolactic fermentation.The 2005 Bonville is open and rich, yet with excellent backbone and acidity. I don't know if I would go that far, but it sure is good! Kirk Walker and I were there on September 13th 2005 when Olivier was bringing the grapes in- it was a California like day for harvesting and the family was very, very happy. The wine has the classic dough and white flowers on the nose that are indicative of a sunny vintage on the cote de blancs. -Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2010 | Send Email
I am one of the biggest cheerleaders of Franck Bonville's champagnes. I love the amount of elegance and sophistication his blanc de blancs from Avize have. They are focused without being tight; angular without being jarring; acidic without being tart. And his 2005 Millesime is the perfect example of this tremendous balancing act. More likely to be at its prime earlier than most vintage champagnes, this 100% chardonnay cuvee is full bodied and creamy, while still possessing a strong linear backbone and ample amounts of acidity. I had this champagne with oysters and talk about perfect!

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