2005 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Bonnaire

2005 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Bonnaire

White, Drink now   White | Drink now | Champagne Bonnaire | Code: 19291 | 2005 | France > Champagne > Blanc de Blancs | Chardonnay | Medium-Full Bodied, Brut | 12.0 % alcohol

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Champagne Bonnaire

Producer

Champagne Bonnaire

Bonnaire is a family owned Champagne estate, based in the village of Cramant south of Epernay in Champagne’s Côte des Blancs.

Jean-Louis Bonnaire is at the helm of the estate. Monsieur Bonnaire’s vineyards cover more than 22 hectares, and are planted with Chardonnay, which is the sole component of the Bonnaire cuvées (all Blanc de Blanc Champagnes), with the exception of the Rosé which is a blend of equal parts Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Grape

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

Region

Blanc de Blancs

In Champagne, the term Blanc de Blancs designates Champagnes made only from Chardonnay grapes. The vineyards located between Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger in Cote de Blancs yield the best examples of the style.

A classic Blanc de Blancs is restrained and elegant when young, yet with ageing it develops a mouth-coating brioche richness that overlays an intense expression of fruitiness. Blanc de Blancs are endowed with longer ageing potential than a typical Blanc de Noirs.

Recommended Producers: Salon, Billecart Salmon, Jacques Selosse, Dom Ruinart, Krug, Le Mesnil Grand CruGuy Larmandier

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