2008 Champagne De Saint Gall Orpale Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

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  • 95 Point Hand Made Champagne
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  • "Exceptionally Pure, Precise & Persistent" ~Decanter
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About the Wine

Champagne de Saint-Gall Wines begin with the region’s choicest grapes, grown on some of Champagne’s most sought-after terroirs. Its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are cultivated on Grand Cru and Premier Cru terroirs stretching from the Cotes des Blancs to Montagne de Reims in some of Champagne's loveliest villages. At a price like this, this wine will be sure to outperform your expectations.

Champagne de Saint-Gall was born of a shared desire and dedication. Crafted with precision from pristine grapes, the wines of Champagne de Saint-Gall perpetuate a philosophy based on an intimate understanding of the craft of winemaking.

Today more than two thousand laborers, winegrowers, winemakers, and enologists from fourteen cooperatives share the same respect for tradition, openness to modern methods, and attachment to authenticity and the quality of their work. Together they deploy their abilities and their energy to the pursuit of a common goal: joining forces to perpetuate the quintessential art of fine champagne.

Orpale is the star of all De Saint Gall’s Champagnes. It's complex, refined, and elegant. Orpale is always a vintage Champagne, and it's only produced in the best years. A true gem for Champagne lovers.

The grapes to produce this masterpiece come from De Saint Gall’s most sought-after vineyards in the Côte des Blancs crus of Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Cramant, and Avize.

Aging: Fermentation in stainless tank, 144 months on lees, 7g/L dosage from a solera that goes back forty years.

Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay. Orpale is a vintage Champagne with the typical pale, golden robe that is typical of great Chardonnays. Full-bodied and fresh with a bouquet of acacia blossom and white fruit (peach) that develops on notes of white tobacco. The mouth is delicate with a generous and drawn-out finish.


Aromas of cooked apples, apple pie, and salted butter. Flinty and smoky. It all follows through to a full body with layers of fruit, fine bubbles, and a juicy, fruity finish. Lots of fruit, yet framed. Drink or hold. ~95 James Suckling

~95 Tim Atkin, Master of Wine

~95 Gilbert & Gaillard

Lovely scents and flavors of toast, stem ginger, plum, acacia, hawthorn and pineapple; exceptionally pure, precise and persistent. Lovely! ~94 Decanter

This is a beautifully mature Champagne, with ripe Chardonnay from the Côtes de Blancs now just hinting at toastiness. The wine's freshness is still apparent so the balance with maturity is just right. Drink this fine wine now, but also age. ~93 Wine Enthusiast 

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