Franck Bonville Champagne

Last year my mom found a champagne that had her maiden name on it.  She did some research and found the winery where it was made and she realized that the whole thing was run by a Bonville family in France.  This is significant to us because my mom’s maiden name was Bonville.  This is an unusual spelling of the name, it really should be Bonneville, like the car.

On previous trips my mom and I had tried to get out to the tasting room, but we were never able to fit in the trip.

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This time around we made sure to plan a day for a champagne tasting.  It all worked out very nicely for my mom, her sister, my brother and his wife to drive out to Avize, France for a Saturday tasting.  My brother and his wife love champagne and know quite a bit about it.

When we got to the winery we met Olivier Bonville, a 4th generation champagne bottler.  His family bought the vintage press just after WWII.  I didn’t know much about champagne before this trip, but I learned quite a bit about the whole process.  The lobby where we first walked in was very modern looking.

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Not much as changed since they took these pictures decades ago.

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And then restarted heading down to the different levels of cellars.DSC_0077 DSC_0078

It was fascinating and a little unnerving to be so far underground.

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There were bottles stored every where.

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Olivier showing us how the sediment has settled while everything ages.DSC_0091

How amazing are these antique turning racks? They also had more modern turning racks, but I love how this room was set up.

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After seeing lots and lots of bottles we got to see some the equipment used to wash and cork the bottles. DSC_0106 DSC_0102

I loved this view of their work bench, wrenches and tasting glasses.

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Of course I was drooling over the vintage baskets and carts.

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This is how they put the labels on all of their bottles.

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The tasting room was beautiful and comfortable and had a gorgeous seven foot farm house table with matching benches for all of us to sit on.

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The courtyard of the building was oozing french charm.

The old wine barrels, gorgeous doors, and beautiful views were all around.

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The best part of this day was getting to spend it with my relatives.  We told stories and laughed all day long.  It was so much fun to be able to help make this day happen for my family.

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After an amazing lunch at Hoteles Avizes we drove into Reims for a quick walk around the city, what an amazing day.

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If you enjoy champagne then I highly recommend you try them out.  Franck Bonville Champagne is available with several distributors in the US.

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