Franck Bonville

Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

9.158 ratings
9.216 pro ratings
Côte des Blancs, Champagne, France
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Pale lemon color with fine creamy mousse and rapid bubble flow, spent 54 months resting on Lee’s in their underground caves. Medium intensity aromas of stone fruits, blossom, bread dough and citrus. On the palate flavors of golden apple, peach, lemon citrus and honeysuckle with biscuit toast and nutty notes. Long finish, almost full-body ending with hints of biscuit and citrus. Very Good, more complex than NV, will improve a bit more with bottle age.

Pale lemon color with fine creamy mousse and rapid bubble flow, spent 54 months resting on Lee’s in their underground caves. Medium intensity aromas of stone fruits, blossom, bread dough and citrus. On the palate flavors of golden apple, peach, lemon citrus and honeysuckle with biscuit toast and nutty notes. Long finish, almost full-body ending with hints of biscuit and citrus. Very Good, more complex than NV, will improve a bit more with bottle age.

Jan 5th, 2021
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Very serviceable Blanc Champange & in 375ml for $18.99.

The Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc De Blanc Brut is about 60% oxidative & 40% reductive.

Nose shows; lemon meringue with crust, white citrus blend, slightly bruised apple, Bosc pear, somewhat overripe pineapple, touch of honeycomb, white stone fruits, baguette crust, grey volcanics, saline, dry yeast, yellow lilies, spring & white florals.

The palate is even wire to wire. It’s ripe and a little rich. Lemon meringue with crust, white citrus blend, slightly bruised apple, Bosc pear, somewhat overripe pineapple, touch of honeycomb, white stone fruits, ginger ale, some butterscotch, vanillin, baguette crust, brioche, dry yeast, volcanics, white spice with heat, pleasant, grainy chalkiness, limestone dust, yellow lilies, spring & white florals. The acidity is crisp & lively. The finish is; well balanced & knitted, elegant and persists minutes and falling onto white spice & minerals.

12/26/20 Happy Boxing Day! 🎁

Very serviceable Blanc Champange & in 375ml for $18.99.

The Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc De Blanc Brut is about 60% oxidative & 40% reductive.

Nose shows; lemon meringue with crust, white citrus blend, slightly bruised apple, Bosc pear, somewhat overripe pineapple, touch of honeycomb, white stone fruits, baguette crust, grey volcanics, saline, dry yeast, yellow lilies, spring & white florals.

The palate is even wire to wire. It’s ripe and a little rich. Lemon meringue with crust, white citrus blend, slightly bruised apple, Bosc pear, somewhat overripe pineapple, touch of honeycomb, white stone fruits, ginger ale, some butterscotch, vanillin, baguette crust, brioche, dry yeast, volcanics, white spice with heat, pleasant, grainy chalkiness, limestone dust, yellow lilies, spring & white florals. The acidity is crisp & lively. The finish is; well balanced & knitted, elegant and persists minutes and falling onto white spice & minerals.

12/26/20 Happy Boxing Day! 🎁

Dec 27th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Always rock solid. I like the style even better than the technical score.

On our friends deck finally breathing clean air now that our fire is much better. Thank you firefighters. We drank a cheers in honor of your strength & devotion to save others.

Precious notes stand.

Photos of; Franck Bonville, house of Franck Bonville, one of Grand Cru Bonville Vineyards in Avize and our friends James &. Christina new deck. Amazing quality & workmanship and self designed.

Always rock solid. I like the style even better than the technical score.

On our friends deck finally breathing clean air now that our fire is much better. Thank you firefighters. We drank a cheers in honor of your strength & devotion to save others.

Precious notes stand.

Photos of; Franck Bonville, house of Franck Bonville, one of Grand Cru Bonville Vineyards in Avize and our friends James &. Christina new deck. Amazing quality & workmanship and self designed.

Aug 29th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

I’ve had this cuvée a few times before, mostly at a reception before a dinner. I’ve never had the opportunity or time to really pick it apart. Well...as Phil Collins sang, “Tonight’s the Night!”

The nose reveals; a nice splash of sea spray immediately as you put your nose to the glass. Oysters shells, grey volcanics, profound but, subtle, soft, chalkiness, lemon meringue, grapefruit, lime pulp with skin, slightly, liqueur lemons, ripe pineapple, stone fruits, vanillin, melted caramel, bread dough, some yeastiness, cream to cream soda, butterscotch, ginger notes, nougat with almonds, yellow flowers/lilies framed in a field of spring flowers.

The body is in the rich realm. Mouthfeel is beautiful, rich & round. It’s an easy sipper with micro-oxygenation & gentle acidity. Lemon meringue, grapefruit, slightly, liqueur lemons, ripe pineapple, pear, green & golden apple, lime zest to candy, ripe, green melon, stone fruits, vanillin, melted caramel, bread dough, yeastiness, cream to cream soda, understated butterscotch notes, ginger notes, nougat with almonds, oysters shells, grey volcanics with a sharp edge, profound but, subtle, soft, chalkiness, a touch of white spice, yellow flowers/lilies framed in a field of spring flowers. The rich, polished, well balanced finish is delicious & persists nicely with some lightly heated spice on the long set.

Excellent Champagne & value for just under $35. Just misses 9.2.

Photos of; their Grand Cru Vineyard on the slopes of Avize...amazing perspective of the soil structure. All that chalkiness & sea fossils that were left when the sea level receded a long time ago. Iconic signage that visitors stand behind & get their picture taken, Owner/Winemaker-Olivier Bonville and the Champagne House of Franck Bonville.

Producer note; The House of Bonville was started in the early 1900’s just after Phylloxera had ravaged Europe. It’s been passed on in the same family for three plus Generations.

I’ve had this cuvée a few times before, mostly at a reception before a dinner. I’ve never had the opportunity or time to really pick it apart. Well...as Phil Collins sang, “Tonight’s the Night!”

The nose reveals; a nice splash of sea spray immediately as you put your nose to the glass. Oysters shells, grey volcanics, profound but, subtle, soft, chalkiness, lemon meringue, grapefruit, lime pulp with skin, slightly, liqueur lemons, ripe pineapple, stone fruits, vanillin, melted caramel, bread dough, some yeastiness, cream to cream soda, butterscotch, ginger notes, nougat with almonds, yellow flowers/lilies framed in a field of spring flowers.

The body is in the rich realm. Mouthfeel is beautiful, rich & round. It’s an easy sipper with micro-oxygenation & gentle acidity. Lemon meringue, grapefruit, slightly, liqueur lemons, ripe pineapple, pear, green & golden apple, lime zest to candy, ripe, green melon, stone fruits, vanillin, melted caramel, bread dough, yeastiness, cream to cream soda, understated butterscotch notes, ginger notes, nougat with almonds, oysters shells, grey volcanics with a sharp edge, profound but, subtle, soft, chalkiness, a touch of white spice, yellow flowers/lilies framed in a field of spring flowers. The rich, polished, well balanced finish is delicious & persists nicely with some lightly heated spice on the long set.

Excellent Champagne & value for just under $35. Just misses 9.2.

Photos of; their Grand Cru Vineyard on the slopes of Avize...amazing perspective of the soil structure. All that chalkiness & sea fossils that were left when the sea level receded a long time ago. Iconic signage that visitors stand behind & get their picture taken, Owner/Winemaker-Olivier Bonville and the Champagne House of Franck Bonville.

Producer note; The House of Bonville was started in the early 1900’s just after Phylloxera had ravaged Europe. It’s been passed on in the same family for three plus Generations.

Mar 14th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Had this over a year ago, this batch was disgorge in June 2019. One of my Fav’s! Fruit and floral bouquet, with biscuit and chalky minerals. Fine bubbles, nice mousse, showing quality. Outstanding rich flavors of peach, lemon and honey, well balanced, good structure, creamy ending with toasty oak, mineral and yeasty notes on a long finish. Very consistent quality. Nice! Grab one for Valentine’s Day.

Had this over a year ago, this batch was disgorge in June 2019. One of my Fav’s! Fruit and floral bouquet, with biscuit and chalky minerals. Fine bubbles, nice mousse, showing quality. Outstanding rich flavors of peach, lemon and honey, well balanced, good structure, creamy ending with toasty oak, mineral and yeasty notes on a long finish. Very consistent quality. Nice! Grab one for Valentine’s Day.

Feb 10th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Had this over the holidays, this batch was disgorge in June 2019. A Fav! Pale lemon with a fruit and floral bouquet, with biscuit and chalky minerals. Fine bubbles, nice mousse, showing quality. Rich flavors of peach, lemon citrus zest and honey, well balanced, good structure, creamy ending with toasty oak, mineral and yeasty notes on a long finish. Very consistent quality. Nice!

Had this over the holidays, this batch was disgorge in June 2019. A Fav! Pale lemon with a fruit and floral bouquet, with biscuit and chalky minerals. Fine bubbles, nice mousse, showing quality. Rich flavors of peach, lemon citrus zest and honey, well balanced, good structure, creamy ending with toasty oak, mineral and yeasty notes on a long finish. Very consistent quality. Nice!

Jan 13th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Had this over a year ago, this batch was disgorge in June 2019. One of my Fav’s! Fruit and floral bouquet, with biscuit and chalky minerals. Fine bubbles, nice mousse, showing quality. Outstanding rich flavors of peach, lemon and honey, well balanced, good structure, creamy ending with toasty oak, mineral and yeasty notes on a long finish. Very consistent quality. Nice!

Had this over a year ago, this batch was disgorge in June 2019. One of my Fav’s! Fruit and floral bouquet, with biscuit and chalky minerals. Fine bubbles, nice mousse, showing quality. Outstanding rich flavors of peach, lemon and honey, well balanced, good structure, creamy ending with toasty oak, mineral and yeasty notes on a long finish. Very consistent quality. Nice!

Nov 23rd, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Posting tasting Champagne before dinner.

Nice N/V Grand Champagne. Beautiful mousse, bruised apple, pear, citrus, baguette crust, grainy chalkiness, gritty volcanic minerals, sea fossils and loads of spring flowers.

Posting tasting Champagne before dinner.

Nice N/V Grand Champagne. Beautiful mousse, bruised apple, pear, citrus, baguette crust, grainy chalkiness, gritty volcanic minerals, sea fossils and loads of spring flowers.

Sep 8th, 2019
Cameron Hoppas

Delicious! A very giving wine. Bright fruit, delicate and sophisticated aromas, lovely texture. A true Brut! I love avize!

Delicious! A very giving wine. Bright fruit, delicate and sophisticated aromas, lovely texture. A true Brut! I love avize!

Feb 19th, 2019
Matt Trader

Some awesome things going on with this champagne:

Grower Champagne
Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
<$50

It's a soft, simple, velvety champagne. Light on its feet with very creamy soapy bubbles, and well applied acidity to clear it away - baked apple, apricot, cinnamon, brioche, flint, white flowers, honeycomb - about 9g dosage, so not on the dry side of Brut, but not near Extra Dry.

Just beautiful juice for the price - it's not toasty and intense, it is a soft and pretty style, but a great example of Chard from Avize - Oger.

Happy Valentines Day!

Some awesome things going on with this champagne:

Grower Champagne
Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
<$50

It's a soft, simple, velvety champagne. Light on its feet with very creamy soapy bubbles, and well applied acidity to clear it away - baked apple, apricot, cinnamon, brioche, flint, white flowers, honeycomb - about 9g dosage, so not on the dry side of Brut, but not near Extra Dry.

Just beautiful juice for the price - it's not toasty and intense, it is a soft and pretty style, but a great example of Chard from Avize - Oger.

Happy Valentines Day!

Feb 15th, 2019