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Champagne Francis Orban Extra Brut Millésime 2016 Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Francis Orban Extra Brut Millésime 2016 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Francis Orban Extra Brut Millésime 2016

93 Point Extra Brut 2016 vintage Champagne!

$75
$125

Retail

40
Flavor Profile: Tangerine, golden apples, marzipan
Time on Lees: 58 months
Dosage: 3 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices

Why We Love It...

When an artisan producer makes only 125 cases of spectacular vintage Champagne, and we make a deal to take virtually every bottle that was exported to the USA – well, obviously we like it a whole lot!! This is a predominantly pinot meunier house that is showing their skills with the small amount of chardonnay (roughly 10% of their plantings) they grow – producing a focused, expressive cuvée that abounds in complexity. 93+ points from Jeb Dunnuck is pretty rare for Champagne – but this wine is simply worthy…especially at 40% OFF!

The Orban story truly begins back in 1929 when Léopold Orban stopped selling his grapes to larger houses in Epernay and started producing Champagnes of his own. This made him one of the very first grower-producers in his village – and the beginnings of a family-run house that continues today. Now, four generations later, Francis Orban has taken over the family business with 18 acres of vineyards in the Marne, on the sandy, clay-rich soils around the villages of Leuvrigny and Sainte-Gemme.

The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in temp-controlled stainless steel tanks, before aging for nearly five years on the lees and finished with a light three g/liter dosage. This is a seductively rich and ripe Champagne, with aromas that start with cherries, tropical papaya, and biscuit dough and lead into flavors of lemon cream, tangerine, wet stone, golden apples, chervil, and marzipan. Refined and elegant, this offering is decidedly weightier than most Extra Bruts, and a perfect accompaniment to charcuterie boards, pâtés, and the like.

This 2016 vintage cuvee clocks in at 80% chardonnay and 20% pinot meunier from 30-40-year-old plantings in their vineyards. 2016 had a challenging start to the growing season, with hail and frost significantly affecting yields across all of Champagne. And yet, thanks in part to late-season warmth and sunshine (as well as the flexible nature of smaller farming crews), the fruit that made it into the winery was pristine – loaded with richness and intensity, as the lower crop load on the vines harnessed the energy of the vines into small, yet concentrated berries. This is amongst the very best 2016 vintage Champagnes we have tasted yet, and certainly bodes well for both near-term drinking and long-term cellaring. This is top-quality, vinous Champagne and a perfect addition to any Champagne collection… grab a handful and you won’t regret it! Only 125 cases made of this 93+ point stunner!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Marne Valley
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Winemaker: Francis Orban
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Pâté en croute

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne Francis Orban Extra Brut Millésime 2016

$75
$125

Retail

40

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