Salon


Salon Cuvée 'S' Blanc de Blancs '02|Vintage Blanc de Blancs|2002

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Citrus Fruit


Citrus Grapefruit

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger

What to expect


The fruit sourced for Salon comes from approximately 19 cru (or vineyard plots) from the grand cru village of Les Mesnil Sur Oger. This village is considered by growers as 'the serious one' in terms of fruit expression and the champagne definitely needs time in the cellar to show its true colours. For a wine that is aged for a minimum of 10 years prior to release with no malo and 100% stainless steel, it's as pure, fresh and chalk-driven as a young wine.

"Salon were the only house that didn't release a 2000, according to them. This 2002 is therefore the next vintage following their 1999. The nose is beautifully open - buttercream, bakery dough with a saline and flint character too. Impeccable but very subtle fruit. This is excellence done by degrees. There's a floral quality, and a smoky, reductive edge too. Even some honey. It's only just entering its drinking window. As is often said of the very best champagnes, this is wine first and sparkling second.

Richard Hemming -  jancisrobinson.com"

$1,195.00

Club Price $1,135.25 (?)

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Foods

Foods


Tonic Water

Citrus Fruit

Citrus Fruit


Citrus Grapefruit

What to expect


The fruit sourced for Salon comes from approximately 19 cru (or vineyard plots) from the grand cru village of Les Mesnil Sur Oger. This village is considered by growers as 'the serious one' in terms of fruit expression and the champagne definitely needs time in the cellar to show its true colours. For a wine that is aged for a minimum of 10 years prior to release with no malo and 100% stainless steel, it's as pure, fresh and chalk-driven as a young wine.

"Salon were the only house that didn't release a 2000, according to them. This 2002 is therefore the next vintage following their 1999. The nose is beautifully open - buttercream, bakery dough with a saline and flint character too. Impeccable but very subtle fruit. This is excellence done by degrees. There's a floral quality, and a smoky, reductive edge too. Even some honey. It's only just entering its drinking window. As is often said of the very best champagnes, this is wine first and sparkling second.

Richard Hemming -  jancisrobinson.com"

About The House

About The House


Food Suggestion

Well if Krug is the King, then Salon is the Queen. This is the one of the few houses in Champagne that only makes blanc de blancs and not just any blanc de blancs – it only produces vintage champagne in the best years. Matthieu Pouchan, global brand ambassador was recently in Australia (September 2017) promoting the release of Vintage 2006 and emphasised that Salon has only produced 40 vintages in its history, since 1905. Salon produce a tiny 50,000 bottles per year and connoisseurs globally hunt for those rarely allocated bottles, which fetch a pretty penny. Salon typically spends a mighty 10 years in the cellar waiting for the tense chardonnay of the Cotes de Blancs to temper from tightly wound acidity and earthy minerality. This is a wine that will keep showing its ethereal beauty up to 20 years beyond release. We would consider this a ‘special occasion’ or ‘landmark moment’ champagne and one you must try before you die.

Food Suggestion


Pairing Salon to a dish is like introducing royalty to your friend. Luckily we have good friends. We came across a dish created by French Chef Valerie Radou which was a combination of crab and citrus paté with avocado mousse, pink grapefruit gel and salmon roe. They may not know each other well but there is a lot in common between them.