Richmondshire company wins gold for champagne at wine Oscars

James Goodhart Founder of Bon Coeur Fine Wines with his range of award-winning Jacques Boncoeur Champagnes.

Richmondshire wine merchant Bon Coeur Fine Wines has won a Gold medal at the acclaimed International Wine Challenge 2017 for the company’s own house vintage champagne, Jacques Boncoeur 2005 Vintage Champagne.

The International Wine Challenge is regarded as the Oscars of the wine world – and is one of the world’s most highly respected and influential wine competitions, attracting entries from all over the world and blind tasted and judged by a panel of six wine experts including three acclaimed Masters of Wine.

This is the first time Bon Coeur, which is based near Melsonby, has been awarded gold.

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Commenting on the win, James Goodhart, Bon Coeur Fine Wines founder, said: “We are thrilled to have struck gold with our vintage house Champagne.

“This is a fiercely fought wine challenge, we were up against some stiff competition, including some of the Grand Marques Champagnes, so for us to win Gold in the champagne category is a remarkable achievement”

Made from 56% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardoanny, Jacques Boncoeur Vintage 2005 was launched two years ago to celebrate the 21st birthday anniversary of Bon Coeur Fine Wines.

The blend was specially selected by James at the winery and laid down for ten years prior to release.

It was a limited edition launch with a few cases still available for the lucky few who snaffle them up.

Tasting notes from the International Wine Challenge judges noted the Bon Coeur Champagne as ‘Elegant, crunchy red fruit, persistent creamy mousse, baked apple, cinnamon on the palate with lovely freshness.’

Jacques Bon Coeur 2005 Vintage Champagne retails at £35.99 and is available to purchase at Cellar 21, Bon Coeur’s wine showroom or online at