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)