I had an inquiry about Chocolat Bonnat on another thread, so I figured it was time to share thoughts about my favorite chocolate with fellow Chowhounds. This chocolate is produced in France and is offered in several varieties that are based upon the plantation/region where the cocoa comes from. It's kind of like the whole Bordeaux appellation concept applied to chocolate (or maybe more like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, chateau neuf du pape, etc.).
Bonnat's dark chocolates are extremely concentrated with a long, lingering finish. I like to break off a small section and suck on it like a lozenge, releasing the flavor over time, instead of just chomping it down like I would with a regular chocolate bar. Chewing it just doesn't do the subtle flavors justice. A little really goes a long way. It's also great with a good Bordeaux or an assertive cabernet.
My favorite varieties are Trinité (Antilles), Chuao (Venezuela), Hacienda El Rosario (also Venezuela, my favorite of all), and Madagascar. These are all dark chocolate bars with 75 percent cocoa. Bonnat also offers a 100 percent bar and several milk chocolate bars.
I've found this chocolate primarily at wine stores in the L.A. area. Wine House in West Los Angeles carries it, as does Wine Country in Long Beach. 100 gram bars sell for $4.50 to $5.50. Here is the US distributor's info should you require more info about where to find it:
La Dragee Colette and Sons