Two impressive Champagnes

Two very impressive, and relatively affordable Champagnes (by Champagne standards, of course). Champagnes are some of the hardest wines to write vaguely sensible tasting notes about, so I hope you will forgive me for my efforts.

Champagne Franck Bonville Avize Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2005
Very fine, refined toasty nose with citrus fruit and subtle nuttiness. The palate is beautifully balanced with subtle vanilla and toast richness and very fine citrus and pear fruit. Sophisticated, mellow and well balanced. 93/100 (£28.99 Cadman Fine Wines)

Champagne Thienot Brut NV
Alain Thienot’s NV is really classy. Fresh, bright and balanced with lovely citrus freshness and subtle savoury toastiness. Some structure here. Nice presence and a lovely pithy grip. Lovely wine. 92/100 (rrp £25 Bedales, Corks Out, Cornelius Wines, Eagle Wines, Ervington Wines, Four Walls Wines, L’Eau a Bouche, Olde Worlde Wines, Richard Granger, The Veritable Wine Co, Wine Library, Thorold Wines, Weavers, Wine Schoppen)

3 comments to Two impressive Champagnes

  • BenS

    Hi Jamie,

    What did you think of the Ravenswood Teldeschi (in the background)?

    Ben

  • I’m drinking it now. It’s very rich and dense (15.5% alc) but has nice complexity. Quite difficult to assess at this stage. Not my favourite grape variety. But there’s some interest and structure here. What did you think?

  • BenS

    As a relatively new person to describing wines, I would say that the Teldeschi tasted like the much cheaper Lodi, but with a longer taste and a bit more going on the palate. Quite an alcoholic kick, but I don’t really mind that as there is plenty of flavour punching through at the same time.

    I tasted several wines at the Ravenswood winery last year. My favourites were the Big River, Icon and Old Hill wines they do.

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