The Orban family has its roots in growing grapes, and the house was founded in the 1950’s after Charles Orban himself left the Troissy growers cooperative to give it a go on his own.
In the 1960’s Charles invested in a press and built vinification facilities to produce his own wines. At first production was a meagre 800 bottles per year, but in the present day this is now 200,000.
After a few decades in the family, Charles Orban was sold to another champagne family at the end of the 20th century.
The Marne region is well known for its Pinot Meunier grape growing, so a Blanc de Blancs (Chardonnay) seems slightly out of place with the house’s strength, and in Troissy the variety accounts for only 8% of crop.
However, this particular wine has won a few medals in tastings (with food) at the Sydney International Wine Convention, so something must be right…
With most Blanc de Blancs costing a small premium more than their house’s regular brut NV’s it is rare to find one south of $50. So in this instance, when you get the chance…
From: Troissy, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: $50 a bottle available from Dan Murphy’s
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (0/100/0) with N/A dosage.
Sipped: August 2017
In the Glass:
Look: A very soft, pale golden tint. vigorous medium-sized bead (bubbles).
Smell: An appealing fresh citrus aroma that is complimented by sweet notes of lemonade.
Taste: Charles Orban BdB represents itself well, with a nice, lightly honeyed sweet introduction which is predominantly tart citrus – but the flavours aren’t very strong and deep.
It has a slightly vinegar like sourness in the mid tongue, but this is eased by a slightly lemonade like sugary sensation.
Holds onto the tastebuds for a nice amount of time, with no crap aftertaste.
Party Potential: A blanc de blancs goes down very well cutting through brined, salty canapes (think prawns, cured meats, etc.) that you may have as part of a larger party – and the price of Charles Orban makes it very accessible for such hostings (also lets you show a bit of wine nous to your friends). Also makes a nice bring along as a dinner guest.
As a Gift: As with most Recoltants, gifting should typically be done for wine aficionados and adventurous types.
At Home: A nice price (and great flavour) to be savoured at home on a special night (or day).
Score & Verdict:
A product of a simple family life. Humble, anonymous and modest. A Great companion at dinner, with a nice character that can be quite captivating. A very good use of your time!
At $50 I feel it is good value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
With my besties on a birthday celebration!
How did you drink it?
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