Orpale is an exceptional Grand Cru Champagne, made in Avize by the masterful team behind our Pierre Vaudon Champagne selection. It is 100% Chardonnay sourced from top rated, Grand Cru vineyards in Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Avize and Oger, and spent 10 years gently maturing in bottle on fine lees, allowing it to gain layers of textural and flavour complexity. “2008 was a cool year that allowed the grapes to develop an acidity that is more pronounced than usual,” Cédric Jacopin, the Cellar Master told us. “The resulting cuvées are naturally tighter, straighter and more chiselled.” Very pale lemon colour, with an incredibly fine mousse, aromas bring together vibrant lemony fruit with notes of almond pastry and smoke. Palate starts full and intense, being tightly concentrated, energetic and with a gorgeously silky texture. The finish is bright and long-lasting (for drinking 2023-2028+).