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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 1985
Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 1985
(search item no. 6129)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $127.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2002 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2002 Decanter rating: 98 points
2002 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1999 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 96 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
1997 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Burghound.com rating: 95 points
1997 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
1996 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1988 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1988 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This was a vintage that mystified everyone! Severe winter frosts had destroyed one in ten of every vine in Champagne. Despite the irregular maturity of the clusters at the end of summer, superb sunny weather in September and October enabled the grapes to swell and ripen in perfect conditions. The quality was excellent, producing champagne of remarkable intensity.

Salon 1985 is the last of this great vintage to be released - after 15 years on the yeast! It is distinguished by its elegance and great complexity. "Bright gold, light and glittering, with aromas of candied fruits, hazelnut, and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the first impression is of freshness and abundant chardonnay fruit; the finish is long and persistent. The wine displays a rarely achieved balance of strength and complexity." -Alain Terrier, Oenologist, Champagne Salon

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About Salon:

Situated in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs, the House of Salon produces only one Champagne, the Cuvée "S". This Champagne comes from a 2.5-acre vineyard owned by Salon (Le Jardin de Salon, or "Salon's Garden") and from 19 smaller parcels representing 22.5 acres of vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, all chosen by founder Eugène-Aimé Salon early in the 20th century. There have been no changes to the methods and principles of making Champagne Salon that he laid down over a century ago, and that is certainly a testament to Salon's judgment and discrimination.