Francis Orban Extra Brut (100% Pinot Meunier)
From a very early age, Francis Orban knew he’d follow in the family tradition of tending Pinot Meunier vines on the sandy, clay-rich soils of the Marne Valley. Too long seen as “just” a blending grape in other Champagne regions, Pinot Meunier has pride of place here. Nearly 90% of Francis’ vineyards are dedicated to this singular grape, as it is in the Marne 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.
On the nose: Aromas of orchard fruit, light herbs, brioche, pepper.
On the palate: Fruity and juicy, with ripe citrus and apple flavors. Vibrant and very long.
As an aperitif; with sushi or other fresh seafood; dishes with cream sauce; white meat; very flexible at the table.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Categories: Blanc de Noirs, Extra Brut
Appellation: Estate vineyards total 18 acres, facing south, in and around the villages of Leuvrigny and Sainte-Gemme. Soils are rich in sand and clay, a mix that suits Pinot Meunier vines well and explains why the Marne is the centerpoint of Meunier production.