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Since 1862 the family Bonnet has been crafting champagne in Chamery, with Grégoire Bonnet as one the first recoltant manipulants of the village. His grandson was in charge of ploughing the family vines with his two horses at the age of 14.
In the year 1956, André Bonnet met Monique Ponson, herself being from a winegrower’s family of Vrigny, another village of the Montagne de Reims. With their union, André and Monique started the domain Bonnet-Ponson, growing few plots of Meunier and Pinot noir in Chamery, Vrigny and Coulommes la Montagne. After a life of hard work, the surface of the vineyards was extended to 9 hectares, planted with the three grape varieties in equal parts. In a constant search for quality, André and Monique also increased the capacity of the cellars, digging the new caves by themselves, in Chamery’s sandy ground, in order to age their Champagne longer.
When their son Thierry joined the domain in 1979, all the step of champagne making were already being processed by the family and their 3 workers, including bottling and disgorging “a la volée” of the 70 000 bottles produced per year. During 30 years, Thierry continued the development of the domain with the construction of new caves and the addition of one more hectare to the vineyard, several new parcels in the villages of Chamery, Vrigny and Verzenay. After studying oenology and working as a red wine maker in the southwest of France, Cyril Bonnet joined the family domain in 2013, starting at the same time all of the vineyard began conversion to the organic method of cultivation.
The style changed from conservative to now making champagne without dosage, no filtration, fermentation only with natural yeasts and a minimum of sulfits.
We are excited how the domains will develop, especially after the sensational presentation of Seconde Nature on the „Bulles Bio“ in April 2019 in Reims.
Facts: R.M., Chamery, Montagne de Reims, app.10 ha
Bio Zertifizierung: FR-BIO-01