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History

Founded in 1932, Champagne Bonnaire produces fine wines recognised all over the world. Located in Cramant, in the famous «Côte des Blancs», the wines from the Bonnaire house are the expression of a know-how and the particular character of this well-known terroir.

 

 

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Vineyards

The famous «Côte des Blancs» in Champagne covers about 3200 hectares. It is mainly planted with chardonnay grapes and many villages in this area are classified Grand Cru, including Cramant, where Bonnaire family is established since the early XXth century. This region produces fine and elegant wines with a touch of «minerality» that reflects its chalky soils that allow a good drainage of the soils and a regular supply for the vines during summer.

It’s Fernand Bouquemont, Jean-Louis Bonnaire maternal grandfather, who founded the house in 1932 in the time of the global crisis that affected the thirties all around the world. It’s now run by Jean-Louis and it’s two sons.The Bonnaire estate covers today more than 22 hectares, principally planted in Chardonnay.

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Winemaking

All along the seasons, work in the field demands a lot of energy from the different winemakers of the Bonnaire house. Knowing every inch of his parcels, Jean-Louis Bonnaire runs carefully the different interventions. If Champagne Bonnaire is a well-known house of the «Côte des Blancs», it’s mainly because of the talent of Jean-Louis Bonnaire to vinify, to blend and to anticipate the evolution of the wines once put on lees. It demands a great combination of experience and proficiency that he now shares with its two sons and offers to its customers.

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 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  4 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Already in the 1600s, Fiacre Taillet was a wine-grower in the small village of Merfy in the Massif de Saint-Thierry planted in mostly sandy soils, while Chartogne-Taillet was formed in 1920. Today, Chartogne-Taillet is still a family business. Alexandre Chartogne run a quality-controlled property with access to very old grapevines—even a little pre-phylloxera rootstock. Alexandre was educated in Burgundy and has a strong faith in the recipe: low yield equals high quality. He also worked with Anselme Selosse and returned to the family estate in 2006. He took full control the following year, and his influence has elevated the domaine to the top ranks of grower-producers in the region.The grapes come from 11,5 hectares in Merfy, Chenay, and Saint Thierry. Fiacre is a brilliantly refreshing, elastic, potent wine with a deliciously concentrated young fruit. Truly genuine terroir character is, of course, missing but this deficiency is well compensated for by its tart, rich, fruity cannonade. The Clos des Barres is a beautiful and super intense pure Pinot Meunier. Close to 4 stars today.

4m 25d ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Many prestige champagnes debuted in 1959 vintage, for example, Dom Ruinart and Pol Roger Blanc de Chardonnay. A large harvest of champagnes, that often ended up above 13 percent alcohol because of the extremely hot summer. The wines have proven to be very sustainable, despite the low acid. Power and concentration are great regardless if the wines are dominated by Chardonnay or pinot noir. A wonderful champagne year in its style!

3y 11m ago

 Paulius Gruodis, Pro (Lithuania)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  14 wines 

This is not very frequent that in a single champagne tasting you are being offered some rare and old champagnes many of which score some bold 97-99 points. Certainly, it will not be surprising for anyone to assume this is due to the fact that these particular bottles were either oenothèque versions (late-disgorged having spent many years extra in the cellar) or with a perfect provenance. Otherwise I do not have any other explanation for huge scores I gave last weekend, especially, given that I had tried many of them on different occasions from bottles with original disgorgement. And what a difference if compared! This was a special tasting not only because of the above-mentioned features but also the content of the line-up itself. Top performers of the night were 1979 Pierre Peters Les Chétillons, 1990 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises, 1973 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Selosse trio from 1990 (50%), 1989 (25%) and 1988 (25%) as well as another trio by Anselme from 1998 (50%), 1997 (25%) and 1996 (25%), 1988 Franck Bonville Avize Grand Cru, 1985 Magnum Pommery Flacon d'Exception. To capture the great moment we have finished with 1870 Ingham Whitaker & Co. Marsala Superiore Riserva. Delicious indeed.

4y 8d ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Paul Bara Special Club 2004 / Goodness gracious, what a surprise I received when I poured my club bottle and the wine was deep pink! I had absolutely no idea that there was such a thing as Special Club Rosé nowadays! One can only offer one's congratulations. The wine is very reminiscent of the non-vintage variety with somewhat greater weight, and refinement rich in mineral. Otherwise it gives the feeling of being just as young and unevolved. The fruitiness is vegetal with tones of beetroot and the beginnings of intense tones of wild bird pâté. When the wine is aired a great Pinot roundness makes its appearance.”

4y 7m ago

 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  26 wines 

“All the best Champagnes from the 2004 vintage.”

4y 9m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  77 wines 

“The best Champagnes from 2002 vintage: As in Bourgogne, this is a beautiful and generous vintage with a bright future in store. It
is the rst time that I start to feel a tad old in the game. Because I have tried the vintage before in my life! Yes, the 2002 is so strikingly similar to the 1982 that I think I can predict the vintage’s whole life curve. I believe in a very linear curve without ups and downs. The wine will eventually become more buttery and fatter, with a relatively high acidity, and it will do its job in silence. The wines will reach their top at twenty to thirty years of age. Most promising
so far are many growers such as Egly-Ouriet, Michel Arnould, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils, Jacques Selosse, and Diebolt-Vallois. Amour the Deutz, Piper-Heidsieck, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs, and Louis Roederer Cristal are pure nectar, but the most intellec- tually challenging are Jacquesson’s vineyard wines Champ Cain and Vauzelle de Terme.”

4y 10m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  49 wines 

“The 100 Best Champagnes 2016 - Tasting Part IV - The best Blanc de Blancs Champagnes.”

5y 18d ago

 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  98 wines 

“This was my personal top100 champagnes of 2015. Enjoy! #thechampagnesommelier #thechampagnebarbyrichardjuhlin #top100 ”

5y 1m ago

 Yuan Lee, Wine Blogger (China)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  10 wines 

“Few New Years Champagnes / Bonnaire Gran Cru 2004 / Deep orange-toned colour. Clean toasty nose with vanilla and faint oxidative notes ont he charming rich nose. Balanced but more restrained on the palate. It is complete but overly developed for its age. Also lack of energetic effervescence for a wine of this age suggests a leak in the cork. Very enjoyable today despite the fact. 90 points ”

5y 3m ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  100 wines 

“First 100 champanges from this years Decanter World Wine Awards!”

7y 9m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  3 wines  from  Bonnaire . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“Saturday champagne drinking. :D”

8y 24d ago

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