Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1997
Wonderfully refined, it is intriguing and enticing, its minerality complemented by hints of white flowers, acacia andhawthorn. 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 onentry, 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—itis difficult to encapsulate so many complementary and contradictory elements comingtogether in harmony.
Refined, feminine and seductive, voluptuous yet restrained, and superblybalanced, this vintage compares stylistically to the great 1988.
According to Didier Depond, Director of the House of Champagne Salon, this singularwine 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 therichness and complexity of its aromas and its exceptional, lingering finish, this style ofglass allows the wine to breathe more freely.
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Salon is a unique Champagne. All the emphasis in the production of this exceptional wine is on the singular. It was originally the product of one single man, Aimé Salon; from one single region, the Côte de Blancs; from one single cru, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; from one single grape variety, Chardonnay; and from one single vintage, with no blending whatsoever. Created in 1911 with its first vintage in 1905, Champagne Salon is the creation of Aimé Salon, a champagne connoisseur enchanted then seduced by the terroir of Le Mesnil. After World War I, he was encouraged by his numerous friends to profit more fully from his wine and the house of Salon was created to cater to his new clientele. Headed by Salon until his death in 1943, the house was then left to his nephew. In 1988, Champagne Laurent-Perrier, a family-owned company, became the majority shareholder of Champagne Salon. Today, the house of Salon, along with its ancient neighbor and sister, Champagne Delamotte (the 5th oldest Champagne house, founded in 1760) are directed by one man, Didier Depond.