Wine: Franck Bonville
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Style: Blanc de Blancs
Sub-Region: Cote de Blancs -Avize
Class: Grand Cru
Geology/Soil: Topsoil: Lignite, sand, clay Subsoil: Belemnite chalk
Importer: Premier Wines
US Retail: $30
Food: Grilled snapper or bass, Trout in cream sauce, super thin crispy potato chips, Vegetable stir-fry.
Domaine Franck Bonville is a family run domaine established in 1947 by Franck and Jeannine Bonville. Presently, Ingrid and Jean Bonville, along with their son and third generation Olivier Bonville produce an elegant range of Blanc de Blancs from their 20 hectares of vines planted in the Grand Cru (100% echelle rating) vineyards of Avize, Cramant and Oger in the Cotes de Blancs. All of fruit for the non-vintage “ Cuvee Selection” comes his chardonnay vines planted in the Grand Cru Village of Avize. The particular cuvee that I recently enjoyed is a blend of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 vintages. Elegant and refined, with a lithe texture that is at once bright and creamy, make this one of my go to Champagnes. Lemon curd, dried chrysanthemum flowers and just the slightest nuance of biscuit toast lead me strait to a young, but classic Blanc de Blancs. Although its subtle characteristic make it a great candidate to unwind with at the end of a long day, I enjoyed a glass (or two) of this sprightly number the other night with left my delicious leftovers of turkey and truffle stuffed cabbage from Olivetos. Clean, refreshing and, because it’s Champagne, with modest alcohol, Franck Bonville and I got along just fine.