Champagne Bonnet Ponson - Brut Premier Cru
The BEST Kosher Champagne!
"This wonderfully fruited, creamy Champagne with fine, intense and endless bubbles, is a blend of 60 percent Pinot Noir and 40 percent Chardonnay, with 30 percent reserve wines blended in for greater depth and finesse. It offers deep aromas and lovely flavors of lemon zest, baked apple, green apple, citrus, peach and cream, with flaky and buttery pie crust, toasted brioche, almonds, and fresh yeasty bread. Refreshing and delicious!" Wine Spectator: 91 Points
The air is crisp as the cold air is channelled down into the village from atop the hillside slopes, which surround the village of Chamery on two sides. Here we stand on a platform - designed by the fifth generation proprietor Cyril Bonnet - overlooking the vineyards of Champagne. They slope endlessly from the constellation of micro villages deep in the valley, into the heights above. The vineyards look like a patchwork quilt, with the various rows of vines oriented in multiple directions, in the collage of fencing and pathways that divide one man's Meunier from another's Chardonnay.
From this vantage point, we can clearly identify the special vineyards that are dedicated for the kosher production. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards are both premier cru, an elevated status that ensures a high standard of quality and complexity, based on centuries of intimate knowledge and ranking of these grounds.
Entering the dark stairwell at Champagne Bonnet Ponson not only lowers you about 75 feet into the earth, it also transports you 150 years back in time. Exploring the twisted underground caverns of this ancient lair, the tunnels seem to go on forever, each turn greeted by another cavern stacked full of Champagne bottles awaiting their disgorgement. The kosher bottles are no exception. With a dedicated part of the cave assigned to our wine, one can't help but wonder what Jules Bonnet believed would be produced here one day, when he painstakingly carved out these impressive caverns by hand. Now, five generations later, some of the finest Premier Cru Champagne is being produced by world class artisans, improving the kosher connoisseurs palate -- one perfect, hand produced bottle at at time.
Champagne Bonnet Ponson is what has become known as a "grower Champagne." Meaning, the winemaker is also the landowner and vineyard manager, as well as overseeing the production and blending of the wines from harvest to bottling. In the world of big Champagne houses and their massive productions, it is still relatively uncommon to have one estate oversee this entire process. Thus, the high quality and consistency of the wine is never compromised and is consistently managed by those who know best. Given the quality of the vineyards and the winemaking team, the wine exhibits the quality of a cuvee from a major producer, with the artisanal craftsmanship only evident through small batch, expert production.
"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."
• Blend : 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay
• Vine age average : 45 years
• Terroir : Soils of siliceous sand and calcareous clay from the premier cru vineyards of Chamery, Coulommes-la-Montagne and Vrigny.
• Vinification : 70% of the wine is produced in stainless steel tanks, remaining for eight months. This is blended with the reserve wine, which ages for up to 20 months in concrete vats. The wine is unfiltered, and fermented with naturally occurring yeasts.
• Aging in cellar: Bottles are aged in the winery's caves for a minimum of three years. The wine is ready to drink upon release.