Simply put, it is a grand vin... with bubbles. 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 first vintage 1905, Champagne Salon is the creation of one man, Eugène-Aimé Salon. Eugène-Aimé Salon’s rather successful career as a fur trader provided him with a luxurious lifestyle, in which he would dine at Maxim’s on a daily basis. However, life was not perfect, and it was additionally marred by bad champagne. The numerous champagne types that he tasted at Maxim’s brought him little pleasure, often spoiling what had, for the most part, been a good day: and, after all, what was the purpose of champagne anyway? Totally frustrated, Eugène-Aimé Salon decided to make his very own champagne – for himself!
At the beginning of the 20th century he just created the Blanc de Blancs. The first known vintage was 1905. Now that the tragedy of the war was over,he was encouraged by his numerous friends to profit more fully from his wine and the house of Salon was created, to cater for his new clientele. Eugène Aimé Salon decided to make a co-operative where he had an access to select the best grapes from number of growers in Le Mesnil village. Salon had access also to entire production of Clos Tarin vineyard (named by the Tarin family) until Krug bought it and named it Clos du Mesnil in 1971.
This Champagne is produced from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon: "Salon’s garden", and from 19 other smaller parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger, chosen by Aimé Salon at the beginning of the century. The wines are cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse. Unlike many another champagne house, Eugène-Aimé only made wines that were of the very best quality. He only wanted the best, and if that was not going to be the case, he would sell the grapes. There were four vintages (1905, 1909, 1911 and 1914) that were exclusively for his own use and that of friends. Of course, that was before they became Maxim’s house champagne in the 1920s. Maxim's was the only customer for Salon unti 1960’s.
The proof that memory and history are important is shown by the bottles in the cellars from nearly all the vintages that have ever been produced at Salon. Headed by Aimé 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 neighbour and sister, Champagne Delamotte (the fifth oldest Champagne house, founded in 1760) are directed by one man, Didier Depond.
Vintages currently maturing in Salon's cellar are : 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008