Franck Bonville Les Belles Voyes Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Champagne 2014
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|France, Champagne, Le Mesnil Sur Oger
The crown jewel of Bonville’s holdings is a 0.8-hectare parcel of 1960-planted Chardonnay in “Les Belles Voyes,” a hilltop vineyard in the grand cru Oger situated at the border of the grand cru Le Mesnil sur Oger. This cuvée—Bonville’s only wine which sees oak—spends eight months aging in used barrels before being bottled for its secondary fermentation. The chalk layer at this high point on the hillside is three to four meters deep (compared to around one meter in Avize), and this—along with the texture-enhancing barrel regimen—imparts a strikingly gripping, driving, billowing character to the palate. This release spent nearly eight years on the lees and was given a dosage of 6.7 grams per liter.
A beautiful introduction from the first pastry scents that come around...Evolution notes are here, butter aromas take over, wide and generous. The volume of wine, rich and fat, comes to surround fresher notes, minty and iodized. The frame of 2014 is recognizable, marked by the Bonville style and the Belles Voyes style with its light and aerial oxygenation.
A real wine of gastronomy, we enjoy tasting it the easiest way too: sharing it between friends, sitting on the low wall of the eponymous plot on Oger’s heights.