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2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Avize" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1373330 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This explosive, ripe wine is part of a trilogy that the producer has made from three of the greatest villages in Champagne. This tense, mineral-driven wine is rich with white fruits. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Sourced from three specific vineyards in Avize (Les Chapelles, Les Avats and Les Maladries), the 2012 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Pur Avize is a bright colored Côte des Blancs with a terrific deep and aromatic bouquet of smooth chalk, juicy tropical fruit and lemon notes. Lush and refined on the palate, this is a light, fresh yet complex, highly elegant and perfectly balanced Chardonnay with juicy fruit, delicately creamy texture and a pure, vitalizing finish with lingering pineapple and brioche flavors. This is a picture-book aperitif Champagne from Avize! Picked and pressed on September 22nd, bottled in April 2013, aged under cork and disgorged as Extra Brut with just two grams of dosage per liter in April 2018. This frisky, lighthearted and stimulating 2012 already drinks beautifully but can be cellared for at least 5 to 6 years. Tasted July 2018. (SR) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2019 | Send Email
When I tried these Champagnes with Olivier Bonville in Champagne last March, I couldn’t wait for them to be available in our stores. Luckily, our intrepid buyer Gary Westby was one step ahead of me and they arrived in California literally the same day I returned. Talk about a warm welcome! Part of a series of Champagnes produced from single village plots in the coveted Côte des Blancs area of Champagne, where Chardonnay reigns, these releases are an exercise in subtlety of terroir. Although these releases are a wine geek’s dream, they’re still accessible and elegant enough to serve at a party and make everyone happy. While I adore each of the releases in its own right, “Pur Avize” might be my favorite. Maybe because it’s the hometown hero and these vines are closest to the Bonville estate, or maybe it’s just due to the complexity of this stunner. Honeysuckle soars out of the glass, while pear and apple fruit drive the palate, with a hint of spice to add gravitas, plus a snappy, super dry finish. The acidity is there, but not as apparent as in the Mesnil release - here, it’s coiled beneath the surface, poised to strike. This Champagne is elegant and bright, but with texture and depth - an extraordinary wine from one of our best Direct Import producers.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
Wow, there is a LOT of fruit going on here! The nose erupts with apple, pear, nectarine, and white raspberries. More nosing reveals scents of raw dough and soft lemon. The palate is very zippy at first, but quickly becomes gentle again and the fruit medley from the nose returns quite friendly and docile, finishing with flavors of fresh apple skins.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2019 | Send Email
The highly anticipated results of Olivier Bonville’s 2012 passion project have finally arrived and they are fantastic. Each showcases the unique terroir of three different villages nestled on the eastern-facing Cotes de Blancs. “Avize,” (also Olivier’s hometown) showcases powerful, open-knit pear and apple fruit flavors with accenting floral and spice notes, minerals and a bright, stellar finish.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
Franck Bonville released three 2012 Grand Cru "Pur"series Blanc de Blancs based on where the vineyards are located in the Grand Cru village terroir of Le Mesnil. We were lucky to taste all three side by side and had the opportunity to distinguish how each are different based on the location. In the case of the Avize, the stone fruit aromas and bracing acidity really do balance each other out along with the texture on the finish. The more I read my notes, the more I realize all three should be tasted side by side and not to be missed!

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
I call these the Trifecta of Champagne. Bonville has captured and bottled the Grand Cru village terroir of Le Mesnil, Oger et Avize. Le Mesnil is the elegant, chalky and citrus edged herbs. Then you move up to Oger where the citrus flavors have hints of savory yeast. The Avize is rounder and is more fruit forward. Whether you enjoy them one at a time or side by side, they are not to be missed.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
The Avize vineyards contain a little clay with their chalk but not as much as Oger and kind of take the best of both worlds between Oger and Mesnil with the searing acidity and supple fruit palate. Soft ripe fruit palate, bright acidity but not lightning acidity like in Mesnil but enough to clean your teeth! Yum Yum!

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Somewhere in between Bonville's Pur Oger and Pur Mesnil this is really a "best of both worlds" wine. Not quite as bright and tart as the Mesnil, but not as round and robust as the Oger the Pur Avize is beautiful with distinct honeysuckle, beeswax, round orange and a light flinty quality Bonville has created something truly beautiful!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Bonville is the best at taking expectations and beating them with flair, and this bottle is no exception. Round, but not as rich in the palette as the Oger offering, while offering some of the bracing acidity of the Mesnil offerings, this balanced approach creates possibly the most universally likable of Bonville's offerings.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2019 | Send Email
These three single-village champagnes from Franck Bonville are such fabulous examples of how expressive terroir can be. The "Avize" bottling is one of the most elegant champagnes I have ever tasted. The nose is pure floral aromatics-- inhaling deeply feels like awakening springtime. Six years aging on cork gives it a richness that belies the extra brut classification. Sweet brine, nectar, and flower petals on the front end, and a beautifully mineral-laden finish. You'll want to buy these three as a set, but I think the "Avize" might be my favorite in a close race of phenomenal wines for texture alone-- it is one of the most lusciously creamy champagnes I've had the pleasure of tasting.

By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
Franck Bonville is one of my favorite direct imports and a go to when I need a solid Champagne that wont break the bank. His new single site series focuses on producing Champagne from the best plots in each village. He produces using all Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes and vinifies in all stainless to maintain verve. Out of the three selections, this has the most edge to it. It's a little wild and funky with aromas of wet hay, wild flowers, Parmesan and baguette. Like having a picnic in a field after a rain storm! The palate is steely and really pretty all at once with an almost floral note rounding out the freshness on the finish.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
Although this will not be arriving until late October of this year, I am writing them up to let people know about them because this is part of an unforgettable trio that is new from our beloved Franck Bonville. Of the three selections (including "Pur Mesnil" and "Pur Oger"), this one is the leesiest! A nose of cream and fresh cut pears. It lingers on the palate with with tart orange and lemon/lime flavors. Quite linear, with a long, long finish, which seems to be the hallmark of this line. Superb!

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
One of three Blanc de Blancs from Franck Bonville in the house Terroir Series, the "Pur Avize" is classic in profile, with notes of slightly oxidized golden and red delicious apple and spicy walnut. The palate is clean, dry and balanced, with a zippy acidity and a sharp, linear focus. Saline minerality and concentrated spice notes trail in a long finish.

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