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 speciality.
With most houses Blanc de Noirs costing a small premium more than the regular brut NV offerings, it is rare to find one south of $50. So in this instance, when you get the opportunity to try it – then why the hell not.
From: Troissy, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: $50 a bottle available from Dan Murphy’s
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (40/0/60) with N/A dosage.
Sipped: April 2019
In the Glass:
Look: A strong golden tint. vigorous medium-sized bead (bubbles).
Smell: A sultana aroma. Caramelised fruit fragrance. Honey notes.
Taste: Charles Orban BdN is a pleasant drink with a fruity expression; quite a caramelised sweetness in its delivery.
We found it has elements of tropical fruit to it such as pineapple juice, as well a notes of plum and honey.
Also has a mead-like aftertaste, of which this flavour holds onto the tastebuds for a short amount of time.
Party Potential: A blanc de noirs is a sweeter varietal that isn’t as widely drank as BdB’s and other brut blends. I’d avoid for parties.
As a Gift: As with most Recoltants, gifting should typically be done for wine aficionados and adventurous types.
At Home: Likes its BdB sibling, it has a nice price and is best used as a weekend quaffer.
Score & Verdict:
At $50 I feel it is good value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
With international guests on a recent visit.
How did you drink it?
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