Since Grégoire Bonnet in 1862, six generations of the family have built the house of Champagne Bonnet-Ponson. Thierry Bonnet and his son, Cyril, are now the guardians of tradition and maintain the original style of winemaking by sourcing fruit from only their family-held vineyards. The legacy is spread over 26 acres and five Premier Cru and Grand Cru villages: Chamery, Vrigny, Coulommes la Montagne, Verzenay and Verzy. With a desire to preserve the terroir and the continuing search to improve their wines, Bonnet-Ponson now manages their vineyards using organic practices.
Generosity and roundness characterize the 2011 vintage: This wine is a vibrant experience, with elegant aromas of minerals and lavender along with subtle notes of fresh cherries. The beautiful balance between black raspberry and chalk is a powerful impression on the palate and ends with earthy cellar notes. There is a complementary component from barrel aging. The bubbles are ultra-thin and the refreshing finish shows salty and saline nuances.
Village of Verzenay, classified Grand Cru.
• Presence of chalk at a very shallow level, northern
orientation of the slope;
Village of Chamery, classi ed Premier Cru.
• Calcerous clay and sandy soil, south east orientation of
100% Pinot Noir, the oldest plots of the domain, planted in 1952,1953,1955 and 1970.
Hand picking and pressing of the grapes within 4 hours
• Selection of the first juices only (cuvée)
• First Fermentation and aging done entirely in oak barrels
(previously used 4 to 10 times), with regular stirring of the
lies until the bottling in May.
• Malolactic fermentation done
• No filltration, minimal use of sul tes (under 40 mg/L)
• Minimal aging in bottle of 5 years
• Dosage: 2 g/l, traditional liqueur
Food Pairing Notes
Blue lobster, roasted poultry, pan fried-foie gras with figues.