FRANCIS ORBAN - CHAMPAGNE BRUT PRESTIGE NV
A rustic Champagne. Pear with dried peach and apricot. An enjoyable, strong tasting Champagne.
Brut Prestige is a Champagne of character transcended by it's aromatic palette and the beautiful encounter between the smoothness of Pinot Meunier, and the freshness of Chardonnay.
The golden hue accompanied by slight green reflections linked to the Chardonnay attracts the eye. A nice bead of fine bubbles supports a creamy foam. The nose reveals a nice freshness and fruits such as pair and peach. The flavour confirms an aromatic complexity and finesse that leads to an elegant, tangy finish.
ORIGIN Champagne, France
MAKER Francis Orban
GRAPES 60% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay
PAIRING Brut Prestige will seduce you during the aperitif, on dishes such as a veal blanquette or John Dory with white butter or on a caramelized pear tart for example.
Leopold Orban, winemaker Francis Orban’s great-grandfather, was one of the first recoltant-manipulants in the small village of Leuvrigny.
From a very early age, Francis knew he’d follow in the family tradition of tending Pinot Meunier vines on the sandy, clay-rich soils of the Marne Valley. Indeed, after finishing his enological studies at the ripe age of 19, he joined the family business, imbued with a generations-deep passion for making pure Pinot Meunier wines.
Too long seen as “just” a blending grape in other Champagne regions, Pinot Meunier has pride of place in the Marne Valley. Nearly 90% of Francis’ vineyards are dedicated to this singular grape, as it is here where Pinot Meunier reaches its full potential.
Above all, when allowed to shine as a single-varietal Champagne, Pinot Meunier delivers a vinous wine full of fresh fruit and lightly spiced with notes of vanilla and pepper. Full-bodied, vivacious and pure, it is a Champagne for true gourmands, who appreciate its flexibility at the table.
Crucially, Francis adds some 50% reserve wine from recent vintages to his non-vintage Champagnes, for wines of incredible character and flavorful depth.