Franck Bonville Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1087252


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Tasting Notes

Out of a production of only 2,500 bottles, only 10 cases of this Extra Brut were allocated to the U.S. This wine developed out of dosage trials that Olivier Bonville performed while finding the right amount of sugar to add to the vintage. In fact, this wine, which does not have a vintage on it, is the same base as his 2009 vintage--but only has 2.5 grams per liter of dosage instead of the 7 grams that he decided on for the regular vintage release. This is the third time the Bonvilles have made an Extra Brut, and it is one of the best I have ever had in the style. The fruit is sourced exclusively from estate vines in the Grand Cru of Avize, and the wine goes through complete malolactic fermentation. While many Extra Bruts, especially Blanc de Blancs Extra Bruts, are edgy, severe wines that must be paired with rich shellfish in order to be palatable, the roundness of the vintage Champagne underneath and the four years of aging on the lees this wine received have made this all-too-easy to drink. This wine is precise and dry, full of the white flowers and brioche that make Avize a famous terroir. Grab some while you can! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The extra brut from Bonville is always the same wine as the concurrent vintage, but not declared as such. It is all Avize Chardonnay and although the current batch had over four years on the lees, it is still very austere on its own. With sushi it is magic. The sweetening effect the hamachi had on this bottle was striking, and its flexibility with the spicy and pickled flavors from the embarrassing rolls that I like to order amazed me. The unbelievably clean, precise chalkiness of this wine put the Avize terroir center stage!
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    Very crispy, clean, lemony with some surprising salinity on the palate. Not at all austere as the “extra-brut” suggests. It would be very good for aperitifs before dinner.
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    K&L Staff Member
    Coming from one of our favorite producers here at K&L ( his Brut Selection is my perennial New Years Eve wine without fail), the Franck Bonville Extra Brut is another wonderful addition to his stellar line up. This is one of the purest, and most beautiful low dosage wines I have had the pleasure to taste. What struck me the most was the striking juxtaposition between the purity and richness of fruit, and the focus and drive you would expect from such a dry wine. There are toasty bread and spice notes, lush pear and golden apples combine with just a hint of florality. The finish is very clean, dry, and crisp, without too much intensity of acidity that you can sometimes find in an Extra Brut. The lasting impression that I took away from this bottle was the stunning purity of fruit, it tastes like amazing Chardonnay, in the end, making wine that allows such high quality fruit to show through is a noble accomplishment.


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