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- Grand Cru House
- Minimum 10 years ageing
- Pure, fresh and chalk-driven
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.
99 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Table (vinous.com), March 2018
"The 1996 Salon is just dazzling. It needs a good bit of air to fully open up, but the 1996 Salon is simply a mesmerising Champagne that sizzles with energy, cut and total precision. A second bottle later in the week was every bit as compelling. When the 1996 Salon is on, it is just about as great as Champagne gets. Drink between 2017-2037. "
99 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate, August 2019
"This bottle of the 1996 Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut was drinking superbly and represents the apotheosis of Blanc de Blancs, unfurling over the course of three hours with a stunningly complex bouquet of citrus oil, confit lemon, dried white flowers and oyster shell, with hints of praline and pastry cream becoming more pronounced as the wine opens up in the glass.
On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, defined by the incisive spine so typical of the vintage that, here, is cloaked in layers of crisp fleshy and chalky extract. The finish is long, penetrating and saline. Unfortunately, since the 1996 Salon has been traded so zealously over the last decade, finding a bottle that hasn't travelled too far can be a challenge. But from a perfectly stored bottle, this is just the beginning. 2019-2035"
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.
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.