Charles Orban Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne (Previously $40)
Big, bold, interesting nose with a hint of coconut. Slightly loose on the palate. But honest and fresh.
Plum and crushed blackberry notes are layered with hints of wood smoke, almond skin, candied lemon zest and honey in this modest Champagne, with a wooly texture. Drink now. (Web-2014)
This Champagne is composed of half each Meunier and Pinot Noir from vineyards in and around Troissy in the western Valley of the Marne. The wine is vinified in stainless steel and spends 30 months aging on its lees as well as being blended with 30% reserve wines. The Orban has a straw gold color and a generous nose of fresh baked baguette and classy black cherry fruit. The wine has a very fine mousse and supple texture and a big flavorful impression on the palate. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)