Discover the Bonville Champagne House by viewing this video. For four generations of winegrowers, our family estate has specialized in Blanc de Blancs champagne from the Grand Cru terroir of Avize, a prestigious terroir of the Côte des Blancs.
Champagne is made up of several regions, some planted with the Meunier grape and others with Pinot Noir. Our estate is located in an area predominantly planted with Chardonnay, the only white grape variety in Champagne. That is why it is called La Côte des Blancs: “The White Hillsides”. It covers 2,500 hectares and is characterized by the utmost purity of its chalky soils.
A cru is a winemaking village where a specific combination of grape variety, terroir and climate are found. There are 320 crus in Champagne and 278,000 individual plots, each with their own identity. 17 Grand Cru villages cover 14% of the total surface area of the Champagne appellation. Out of those 17, only six are found in the Côte des Blancs. Our 77 vineyard plots are located in three Grand Cru villages: Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Chardonnay is the second most planted white grape variety in the world. It has a prominent place in the region’s history as the first plantings were brought from Cyprus in the 13th century.
It is the only white grape in the Champagne appellation and its presence in the Côte des Blancs results from observations over a long period. It is the grape variety that best adapts to the chalky subsoil, producing the finest expression of our terroir The remarkable characteristics of Chardonnay’s finesse and elegance are beyond compare. In its youth, it often expresses notes of white fruits and flowers, which evolve to buttery, brioche or hazelnut notes in more mature wines.