2012 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

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This 100% Avize Grand Cru bottling is pure estate and all fermented in stainless steel. It comes from the "miracle" 2012 vintage, one of the smallest, most high quality crops of the decade. -Gary Westby

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
Franck Bonville is killer Champagne, always priced reasonably and drinks far above its price point. He's one of my go-to Champagne producers for myself, gifts for friends and recommendations for customers. The 2012 "Millesime" is made with all Grand Cru Chardonnay. This has a very mineral heavy nose with tons of chalk and crushed seashells along with white cherry, apples and pear. There is a slight weight on the palate but it's not too rich. Full of verve and freshness this is a Champagne for those who like a cleaner style.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
The 2012's from Franck Bonville are simply just not to be missed! The quality is fantastic and the wines are just beautifully elegant. A nice, ripe, pear nose with just a hint of golden apples. Nicely weighty (i.e. not too heavy!) with carryover yellow fruits and the addition of granny smith apples and limestone. The finish lingers a bit with chalky acidity and then softens mightily to let you down easy with your tooth enamel intact. Just lovely and a must buy!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
This 2012 vintage Champagne is an excellent value, with six years on the lees. Expansive and surprisingly weighty on the palate, this is a dry, clean Blanc de Blancs with a bit more fruit. Aromas and flavors of green and golden apple and subtle pear lead to a soft finish.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2018 | Send Email
Miracle vintage! While I love all our Franck Bonville Champagnes, this 2012 release is really special. Ripe with apple and golden pear fruit, it nevertheless shows the vivid snap of acidity and chalkiness this incredible Direct Import Blanc de blancs producer is best known for. It's accessible now but bracing and structured, plus the backstory of the vintage is irresistible. A must try for fans of crisp Champagnes.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
From the Grand Cru of Avize, this Champagne is one of our first from this “miracle” vintage. Much like 2000 in Bordeaux, the Champenois had many problems during the 2012 growing season. After a golden autumn, the wines turned out to be fantastic, and I have never seen so many smiling facings in the region as when I visited to taste the 2012’s as vin-clair. This is a very rich blanc de blancs, with more body and substance than even the quite broad 2006’s. That being said, it is loaded with Avize chalk, and focuses very nicely on the finish. If you like the wines, stash some for the future, I have never tasted tired Bonville, and I have tasted back to the 1959!
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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.
Sub-Region:

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.