2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Oger" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1373329 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The citrus, almost golden colored 2012 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Pur Oger is sourced from two specific vineyards in Oger (Les Noyerots and Les Rumigny) that were harvested on September 15th, exactly a week earlier than the corresponding three plots for Pur Avize. The wine displays a deep, rich, tropical yet more aristocratic and mineral bouquet of intense brioche and nougat aromas as well as ethereal, refreshing lemon and limestone notes. Full-bodied, round, rich and complex on the palate, this is a mouth-filling yet structured, salty, finessed, very elegant and perfectly balanced Oger Champagne. It has stunning purity and vitality as well as refreshing citrus fruit and ripe peach/nectarine flavors on the finish. Bottled in April 2013, the Pur Oger was aged for five years under cork before it was disgorged as Extra Brut in April 2018 (dosage: two grams per liter). It is an expressive but delicate and noble Blanc de Blancs that lacks the lightness, clarity and precision of the Avize but is intense and structured firmly enough to evolve very well over the years in the bottle. Tasted July 2018. (SR)  (8/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is one of a trilogy of individual village wines from the Côte des Blancs. It is just moving out of youth and growing up, hinting at the toastiness to come. However, it has kept its intense minerality from the chalk soil of the Côte des Blancs. (RV)  (12/2018)


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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
This 100% Chardonnay bubbly is all estate grown, Grand Cru, and stainless steel fermented. What starts with light yeast and soft toast scents slides into a bright nose with floral notes, fresh pears, and a mix of stone fruits. The palate has balanced acid that never cuts to aggressively with a lot of minerality, lavender, soft fruits, and a saline finish.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2019 | Send Email
One of three “terroir-series” Champagnes created as a passion project by Olivier Bonville in light of the stellar 2012 vintage on the Cote de Blancs. “Oger” displays a particularly chalky mineral texture alongside the incredible, bright pear and apple fruit, notes of spice and a long, electric finish.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
Franck Bonville released three 2012 Grand Cru "Pur"series Blanc de Blancs based on where the vineyards are located in the Grand Cru village terroir of Le Mesnil. We were lucky to taste all three side by side and had the opportunity to distinguish how each are different based on the location. The 2012 Oger is the rich and lees-y of the three, with hints of fino sherry-esque aromas and beautifully aromatic minerality. It finished with mineral and chalky notes with hints of brioche toast intermingling throughout and delightfully lingering on the palate. Of the three, the Oger is a good balance of restrained richness, minerality and balanced acid.

By: Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
This is a beautiful blanc de blancs Champagne from the 2012 vintage. Loads of minerality from the chalk soils and a dosage of only 2g/L provide great focus and acidity to this wine. This was my favorite of the Pur series from the villages of Oger, Avize and Le Mesnil. All Grand Cru fruit.

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
I call these the Trifecta of Champagne. Bonville has captured and bottled the Grand Cru village terroir of Le Mesnil, Oger et Avize. Le Mesnil is the elegant, chalky and citrus edged herbs. Then you move up to Oger where the citrus flavors have hints of savory yeast. The Avize is rounder and is more fruit forward. Whether you enjoy them one at a time or side by side, they are not to be missed.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
This Franck Bonville champagne has a wonderful saline nose with flinty overtones an a ripe round fruit profile. For those that don't enjoy or need the razor sharp focused acidity found in champagnes like the "Pur Mesnil" this Oger rendition is the way to go! The Oger vineyards have enough clay mixed with the chalk that soften up the mouth-feel of these wines and make them easier to put down. Don't pass this up!

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Round and inviting, this is another beautiful single vineyard expression from Bonville. He produces the Pur Oger, Pur Avize, and the Pur Mesnil all the same way. All Grand Cru Chardonnay, all stainless steel, and all 2 grams of dosage to let you truly see what the vineyard is offering. Rich and robust with notes of graham cracker and a slight mushroom note that is more common in Pinot Meunier but chardonnay works wonders when treated with this much care! Don't miss out on these while we have them!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Orange peel umami wonder that is one of my favorite productions by one of my favorite producers. Rich and elegant, this is a food pairing champagne bar none. Even with it's depth and complexity, it leaves as cleanly as anything, refreshingly setting you up for the next sip.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2019 | Send Email
These three single-village champagnes from Franck Bonville are such fabulous examples of how expressive terroir can be. The nose of the "Oger" takes me back to Grandma's lessons on peach cobbler. Crushed stone fruit and baking spices, citrus zest and sweet cream waft out in tantalizing fashion. This seems to be the richest of the three, but is not unbalanced in any way. This is a sultry champagne, it feels like it sashays across the palate before you quite have a chance to take it all in. There is a flash of grapefruit blossom on the finish.

By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
Franck Bonville is one of my favorite direct imports and a go to when I need a solid Champagne that wont break the bank. His new single site series focuses on producing Champagne from the best plots in each village. He produces using all Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes and vinifies in all stainless to maintain verve. The "Pur Oger" is super clean and crisp on the palate with a refreshing, mineral driven finish. The nose has a crushed seashell and saline note with aromas of chalk, crunchy green pears, jasmine and freshly sliced apples. Just outstanding!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
Not arriving until late October of this year but, too memorable to not write about now! The third in a trio, which includes "Pur Mesnil" and "Pur Avize", this little gem smells more rich than the "Pur Mesnil" but, is actually more steely on the palate. Lemon curd and fresh lime are the main components and like its brethren, it has a long, lingering finish of chalk and minerals. Too special to miss out on!

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
This is a delicate Champagne that stands alone. Sourced from Grand Cru Chardonnay from Oger, this Champagne is subtly elegant, an excellent wine to pair with a seafood dish. Aromas of mirabelle plum and muted golden apple lead to a steely, mineral driven palate with hints of barely perceptible, creamy walnut.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5