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"