Wednesday, December 23, 2009

NV Champagne

NV Bonville

NV Bonville Prestige Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Avize

A grower Champagne of Avize, blanc de blancs. I'm beginning to really appreciate these wines. 100% chardonnay gives the creaminess to the Champagne that often creates the balance you need. So many people are going for zero dosage, as if the mere mention of sugar in Champagne is a sin against taste. Nonsense. You need residual sugar in Champagne to balance the often shocking amount of acidity. Whether or not there's too much is another matter.

Fine, frothy mousse, with quite an energetic stream of bubbles. This wine is delicious, with a citrus and ripe tangerine nose, with a creaminess and weight in texture that shows a lot of elegance. There's a minerality as well - this is a serious wine. But at a price.

Paired with lobster - just delicious. Still figuring out how to properly present a lobster dish, but we'll get there. In the meantime, more lobster and Champagne dinner trials will have to be conducted...

NV Bonville

DF

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