A Champagne from beloved Côte des Blancs
Now the honor has come to present a stunning Champagne producer with operations in my beloved Côte des Blancs. Franck Bonville owns 20 hectares of vineyards classified as Grand Cru. The majority, 15 acres, located in Avize and the rest in the neighboring villages Cramant and Oger, villages exclusively planted with chardonnay grape. The company produces only Blanc de Blancs from own fields in addition to a rosé version that contains Pinot Noir from Ambonnay (Grand Cru in the Montagne de Reims).
On my visit to the property, I was greeted by a calm, very friendly and professional atmosphere. All they do is true class and no show-off. The below-publicized champagne was the chosen bubble at the Nobel banquet in Stockholm 2010. Most producers would mention this in various contexts, but not this classic property. Actually a pity because more people should get there eyes and taste buds focused on these masterpieces in bubbly craftsmanship.
Franck Bonville Grand Cru Sélection for 30 euro (in Sweden)
Creamy fruit and mineral fragrance that seduces!
The Champagne is a Blanc de Blancs made exclusively from Chardonnay from several vintages. What a wonderful fragrance which seduces with notes of creamy fruit and minerals. The taste is dry, fruity with fine bread, world-class minerals, complex citrus notes and a luscious creaminess! A masterpiece sold as a standard Champagne. Ideal both as an aperitif and as food Champagne to seafood buffé.
Finally, I can heartily recommend that you visit this producer when you are passing Avize. You are welcomed to purchase a Nobel Champagne that is anything but standard, except the price!