Franck Bonville Champagne

For many years Franck Bonville Grand Cru Champagne has been our Champagne of choice at Cadman Fine Wines due to the family values and sheer quality of the estate and the family of winegrowers at the heart of it.

For four generations of winegrowers, the family estate has specialised in Blanc de Blancs champagne from the Grand Cru terrior of Avize, a presitigious terrior of the Cote des Blancs.

Location of the Vineyard

Discover the Bonville Champagne House by viewing this video. For four generations of winegrowers, their family estate has specialised in Blanc de Blancs champagne from the Grand Cru terroir of Avize, a prestigious terroir of the Côte des Blancs.

The Champagne Region

Champagne is made up of several regions, some planted with the Meunier grape and others with Pinot Noir. Their estate is located in an area predominantly planted with Chardonnay, the only white grape variety in Champagne. That is why it is called La Côte des Blancs: “The White Hillsides”. It covers 2,500 hectares and is characterized by the utmost purity of its chalky soils.

Their Vineyard Plots

A cru is a winemaking village where a specific combination of grape variety, terroir and climate are found. There are 320 crus in Champagne and 278,000 individual plots, each with their own identity. 17 Grand Cru villages cover 14% of the total surface area of the Champagne appellation. Out of those 17, only six are found in the Côte des Blancs. Their 77 vineyard plots are located in three Grand Cru villages: Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the second most planted white grape variety in the world. It has a prominent place in the region’s history as the first plantings were brought from Cyprus in the 13th century.

It is the only white grape in the Champagne appellation and its presence in the Côte des Blancs results from observations over a long period. It is the grape variety that best adapts to the chalky subsoil, producing the finest expression of the terroir The remarkable characteristics of Chardonnay’s finesse and elegance are beyond compare. In its youth, it often expresses notes of white fruits and flowers, which evolve to buttery, brioche or hazelnut notes in more mature wines.

 

The Estate

 

The Vineyard

Our 77 plots represent 15 hectares of vineyards located in 3 Grand Cru classified villages: Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The close proximity of our vineyard plots and the meticulous work of our team allow us to ensure an intrinsic quality in our grapes. Careful observation and tending of the vines are important because the success of great champagne begins with the production of highquality grapes, ones that are picked at perfect ripeness. The truest possible expression of the grape variety and terroir can thus be revealed through the fullness of the champagne.

Winemaking

We use a horizontal press with a lateral membrane filled with water. Its weight gently pushes on the harvested grapes to gradually extract the juice.

We induce both the alcoholic and the malolactic fermentations, beneficial to the aromatic development of our wines. Since the beginning of the 2000s, we have added 50 228-liter Burgundy barrels to our vat room. We vinify the juice from “Les Belles Voyes” terroir and store the reserve wines used to make our liqueur de tirage and dosage liqueur in these barrels.

Aging in the Cellar

Aging in the cellar

Our underground galleries date from the mid 19th century. Reinforced by millstones, the pure chalk, a witness to our sub-soil, is discernible in some areas.

These cellars are a somewhat magical place of constant temperature and humidity where our different champagnes rest and evolve over time.

We believe that a minimum of 2.5 years of aging is necessary to appreciate the qualities of our Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs champagne. Five to six years of aging is needed for our Prestige and vintage cuvées to reach their full potential.

 

Values and Philosophy

 

The HVE: High Environment Value

We are working on obtaining the High Environmental Value certification (a certification awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture) for our vineyard. Since 2011, we have focused our actions on four initiatives:

  • Stopping the use of herbicides and insecticides (50% of the vineyard is plowed and 25% is planted with grass)
  • Preserving the biodiversity (beneficial flora and fauna – natural predators)
  • Rebuilding the hedgerows to encourage an ecosystem that promotes harmony in the vineyard
  • Continually upgrading the standard of the buildings and facilities that are used to separate wastewater and recover rainwater

Observation: Working Together With Nature

Each one of our initiatives is adapted both to the terroir and the climate. Preventative actions on plants (and on all living organisms, for that matter) have proven to be the preferable solution. Observe, anticipate, sometimes take small risks and trust your instincts in order to preserve the plants which nourish us; this is the significant progress achieved by our estate over the past few years.

Vineyard Work: Working With Nature

As soon as the harvest ends, we till the soil so that the loosening up of the earth can be completed naturally during the winter.

The vine is pruned with enough space between the canes so that the wind can dry out the leaves. Unwanted branch-shoots are removed to concentrate the sap towards the grape clusters. In order to promote the development of the vine’s natural defenses, treatments are not systematically carried out. We are committed to a natural and harmonious development in our vineyard and environment.

Our Quality Requirements

Everything is put in place so that when the grapes reach perfect ripeness, the entire harvest can be carefully transported to the press. Precision is also found with the use of stainless steel thermo-regulated vats, where slow and complete fermentations preserve all of the aromatic potential of the grapes. Each vat expresses its aromas; each barrel expresses its personality.

It is through blending with our reserve wines that we define and create our subtly balanced champagnes.

Time

Once the work in the vines and vats is finished, time then plays its important part in the winemaking process of our cuvées. The wines rest in the cellars for several years, in contact with the sediment that remains in the bottle after the fermentation. After this long resting period, the sediment is expelled and a measured amount of liqueur de dosage is added to balance out the energy of our cuvées. The best dosage is one that is not perceptible, one that truly respects the balance of our Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs champagnes.

 

Franck Bonville Champagne

For many years Franck Bonville Grand Cru Champagne has been our Champagne of choice at Cadman Fine Wines due to the family values and sheer quality of the estate and the family of winegrowers at the heart of it.

For four generations of winegrowers, the family estate has specialised in Blanc de Blancs champagne from the Grand Cru terrior of Avize, a presitigious terrior of the Cote des Blancs.

Location of the Vineyard

Discover the Bonville Champagne House by viewing this video. For four generations of winegrowers, their family estate has specialised in Blanc de Blancs champagne from the Grand Cru terroir of Avize, a prestigious terroir of the Côte des Blancs.

The Champagne Region

Champagne is made up of several regions, some planted with the Meunier grape and others with Pinot Noir. Their estate is located in an area predominantly planted with Chardonnay, the only white grape variety in Champagne. That is why it is called La Côte des Blancs: “The White Hillsides”. It covers 2,500 hectares and is characterized by the utmost purity of its chalky soils.

Their Vineyard Plots

A cru is a winemaking village where a specific combination of grape variety, terroir and climate are found. There are 320 crus in Champagne and 278,000 individual plots, each with their own identity. 17 Grand Cru villages cover 14% of the total surface area of the Champagne appellation. Out of those 17, only six are found in the Côte des Blancs. Their 77 vineyard plots are located in three Grand Cru villages: Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the second most planted white grape variety in the world. It has a prominent place in the region’s history as the first plantings were brought from Cyprus in the 13th century.

It is the only white grape in the Champagne appellation and its presence in the Côte des Blancs results from observations over a long period. It is the grape variety that best adapts to the chalky subsoil, producing the finest expression of the terroir The remarkable characteristics of Chardonnay’s finesse and elegance are beyond compare. In its youth, it often expresses notes of white fruits and flowers, which evolve to buttery, brioche or hazelnut notes in more mature wines.

 

The Estate

 

The Vineyard

Our 77 plots represent 15 hectares of vineyards located in 3 Grand Cru classified villages: Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The close proximity of our vineyard plots and the meticulous work of our team allow us to ensure an intrinsic quality in our grapes. Careful observation and tending of the vines are important because the success of great champagne begins with the production of highquality grapes, ones that are picked at perfect ripeness. The truest possible expression of the grape variety and terroir can thus be revealed through the fullness of the champagne.

Winemaking

We use a horizontal press with a lateral membrane filled with water. Its weight gently pushes on the harvested grapes to gradually extract the juice.

We induce both the alcoholic and the malolactic fermentations, beneficial to the aromatic development of our wines. Since the beginning of the 2000s, we have added 50 228-liter Burgundy barrels to our vat room. We vinify the juice from “Les Belles Voyes” terroir and store the reserve wines used to make our liqueur de tirage and dosage liqueur in these barrels.

Aging in the Cellar

Aging in the cellar

Our underground galleries date from the mid 19th century. Reinforced by millstones, the pure chalk, a witness to our sub-soil, is discernible in some areas.

These cellars are a somewhat magical place of constant temperature and humidity where our different champagnes rest and evolve over time.

We believe that a minimum of 2.5 years of aging is necessary to appreciate the qualities of our Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs champagne. Five to six years of aging is needed for our Prestige and vintage cuvées to reach their full potential.

 

Values and Philosophy

 

The HVE: High Environment Value

We are working on obtaining the High Environmental Value certification (a certification awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture) for our vineyard. Since 2011, we have focused our actions on four initiatives:

  • Stopping the use of herbicides and insecticides (50% of the vineyard is plowed and 25% is planted with grass)
  • Preserving the biodiversity (beneficial flora and fauna – natural predators)
  • Rebuilding the hedgerows to encourage an ecosystem that promotes harmony in the vineyard
  • Continually upgrading the standard of the buildings and facilities that are used to separate wastewater and recover rainwater

Observation: Working Together With Nature

Each one of our initiatives is adapted both to the terroir and the climate. Preventative actions on plants (and on all living organisms, for that matter) have proven to be the preferable solution. Observe, anticipate, sometimes take small risks and trust your instincts in order to preserve the plants which nourish us; this is the significant progress achieved by our estate over the past few years.

Vineyard Work: Working With Nature

As soon as the harvest ends, we till the soil so that the loosening up of the earth can be completed naturally during the winter.

The vine is pruned with enough space between the canes so that the wind can dry out the leaves. Unwanted branch-shoots are removed to concentrate the sap towards the grape clusters. In order to promote the development of the vine’s natural defenses, treatments are not systematically carried out. We are committed to a natural and harmonious development in our vineyard and environment.

Our Quality Requirements

Everything is put in place so that when the grapes reach perfect ripeness, the entire harvest can be carefully transported to the press. Precision is also found with the use of stainless steel thermo-regulated vats, where slow and complete fermentations preserve all of the aromatic potential of the grapes. Each vat expresses its aromas; each barrel expresses its personality.

It is through blending with our reserve wines that we define and create our subtly balanced champagnes.

Time

Once the work in the vines and vats is finished, time then plays its important part in the winemaking process of our cuvées. The wines rest in the cellars for several years, in contact with the sediment that remains in the bottle after the fermentation. After this long resting period, the sediment is expelled and a measured amount of liqueur de dosage is added to balance out the energy of our cuvées. The best dosage is one that is not perceptible, one that truly respects the balance of our Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs champagnes.

 

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    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2018
    Reviewer Rating: 90 - CFW

    "A benchmark all-Chardonnay Champagne at a remarkably good price. Bonville is in the grand Cru village of Avize." The Wine Gang

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    "A benchmark all-Chardonnay Champagne at a remarkably good price. Bonville is in the grand Cru village of Avize." The Wine Gang

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    Reviewer Rating: 90 - CFW

    "A benchmark all-Chardonnay Champagne at a remarkably good price. Bonville is in the grand Cru village of Avize." The Wine Gang

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