Salon Champagne 1996
The Salon 1996 has been touted as the greatest vintage since the legendary 1928.
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Salon is one of the great names in Champagne for very good reason. It is made only in great vintages(the decade of the eighties only produced ’82, ’83, ’85 and ’88) with the emphasis in the production of this exceptional wine being on the singular. Made by one man, Aime Salon, from grapes from one village, the grand cru of Mesnil (in the Cotes de Blancs). This village grows the most sought after Chardonnay in Champagne. Half of the vineyards that make the wine are owned by Salon outright and the other half come from farmers that Salon has been working with for generations. The vines average 40 years of age. Salon suppresses malolactic fermentation for maximum freshness and longevity an iconoclastic move for a Cote de Blanc producer.
This is the quintissential blanc de blancs champagne and the 1996 will cellar for twenty to thirty years…Blanc de blancs champagnes particularly Salon with no malo benefit from age. Extraordinary lemon curd, laser like persistence, deeply layered with extraordinary complexity but this wine is a baby and needs time!
97 points Wine Enthusiast “From the same 20 parcels in Le Mesnil sur Oger as the house has used since its founding in 1921, this is the latest release from Salon. It explodes in the mouth with mineral, steel and flint. The tiny mousse has flavors of yeast with a touch of toast. It is rich but also austere and structured. Like many Salon Champagnes, this will age for 20 years or more. “
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