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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 1997
Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 1997
(search item no. 95418)
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The Wine News rating: 100 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $309.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2002 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
1999 Wine & Spirits 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
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
1996 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1996 The Wine News 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
1985 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
1985 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1985 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is pearlescent - a pale, lustrous gold with a fine, lively mousse. The nose is complex yet ethereal.

Wonderfully refined, it is intriguing and enticing, its minerality complemented by hints of white flowers, acacia and hawthorn. A salty note enhances aromas of bread crust, brioche and the merest hint of green apple and hazelnut.

The palate is quintessentially pure, the very epitome of balance and restraint. Exuberant on entry, the mousse becomes more of a caress, while bubbles dance playfully on the palate. Elegance, finesse, bright vitality, depth and power allied with a lightness of touch—it is difficult to encapsulate so many complementary and contradictory elements coming together in harmony.

Refined, feminine and seductive, voluptuous yet restrained, and superbly balanced, this vintage compares stylistically to the great 1988.

According to Didier Depond, Director of the House of Champagne Salon, this singular wine should be served in a tulip-shaped glass rather than a narrow champagne flute. He says, "We have found that Salon can be drunk in the same way as a great wine. Due to the richness and complexity of its aromas and its exceptional, lingering finish, this style of glass allows the wine to breathe more freely.

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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.