Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 2002

Vintage from Champagne, France

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Item No. 130489
  • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
  • collectible wine
  • great wine gifts
  • JS99
  • V96
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1985
  • W&S97
  • WE96
  • WS95
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Winemaker's Notes

Salon 2002 is what we French might call "une belle ame" – a noble soul, the soul of Champagne Salon. Salon 2002 is the very essence of Salon, representing everything Salon has ever stood for. Its self-assurance and power give it the poise of a ballerina. Its mellow golden color; lively, delicate nose; the palate exploding with flavors of honeyed orange flower, candied citrus fruits and madeleine buns fresh from the oven. On tasting, the wine feels simultaneously rich and restrained, the complexity of the aromas and flavors almost precision-engineered. Salon in heart and soul.

The Salon 2002 will pair perfectly with scallops, sweetbreads with a small piece of molten parmesan, light fish dishes simply served. Oysters, lobster, pheasant, capon with light mushroom sauce and dark rice.

Critical Acclaim

"THE 2002 SALON IS PHENOMENAL QUALITY. I tasted it in New York City yesterday. I was mesmerized. It is a subtle and intense Champagne that shows complex character of lilac, minerals, sliced lemon, apple, and white pepper. It is full body and dense yet racy and agile with a lightness and freshness. It has a gloriously long finish. It changes every moment in the glass. It has such clarity. It’s magnificent to drink now, but shows great texture and structure for aging."
99 Points

"The 2002 Salon is utterly mesmerizing. I have tasted the 2002 six or seven tiems since its release and during those two months or so the wine has developed quite dramatically, as some of the exuberance that was present at the outset has begun to recede, revealing the wine’s intense underlying minerality. The 2002 is a huge, dense wine loaded with fruit. All of the classic Salon citrus, slate and floral notes are present, but it is the wine’s superb textural richness that stands out most. Even though I have not followed my own advice, I suggest readers to plan on cellaring the 2002 for a good number of years. Because of its density and depth, I expect the 2002 will develop into a fairly exotic, voluptuous Champagne, within the context of Salon, of course. I also suggest keeping an eye out for the magnums, which are sure to disappear from the market pretty much the minute they arrive.

Rating: 96+ Points"
96 Points

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