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  • Country ranking ?

    387
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

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.

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.

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Vintage 1976

1976

Bud-burst took place between 6th and 21st April depending on the variety and the precocity of the terroir. The emergence of clusters was considered generous. Flowering, from around 10th-15th June, came early. Summer weather was extremely hot, the soil already exceptionally dry and drought widespread over the vineyards. The speed of the ripening period, from early August, surprised the majority of winegrowers on holiday and forced to make a hasty retreat to prepare for the harvest. Ripening came extremely early, with a mere 84 days between flowering and harvesting. The grapes were perfectly healthy with low acidity. The excellent ripeness and high degree obtained for the musts, their low acidity produced a wine highlighting particular characteristics with an exceptional constitution. Robust, extremely vinous and supple.

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Tasting note

color

Light

ending

Medium, Round and Flavorful

flavors

Bread, Mushrooms and Creamy

nose

Youthful and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Complex, Developing, Medium-bodied, Rich, Fresh, Medium-Dry and Silky tannins

Written Notes

1976 Salon 96 points (96) A wine that cannot be misunderstood. Absolutely adorable, with its fat, sweet and warm generosity and even fullness. Hardly a classic Salon, but what a pleasure.
  • 96p
Salon 1976 Magnum/ This particular vintage was the 31st vintage ever made of this adorable wine. Fine looking bottle. Beautifully bright yellow colour with golden tints and refined energetic bubbles. Very intense nose with hints of mushroom aromas but still youthful with green apples, bread and creamy tones. Crisp, medium-bodied taste had an adorable creamy mousse and persistence with a lemony bite on the palate with great length. Superb start for an exclusive seven course menu!
  • 95p
Varje gång jag får möjlighet att öppna en flaska där man kan urskilja den karaktäristiska guldskimrande bokstaven ’S’ följt av ’le Mesnil-sûr-Oger’ och flaskan är av den äldre modellen är jag nöjd. Stålgrimman spricker av tidens rand. Korken avlägsnas med en försiktig vridning av flaskan. ’Plopp’, ur flaskan strömmar en kanonad av den gamla champagnens aromer; lätt brända smöraromer, konfiterade fikon, brûléetoner… fet, oljig, rik! En helt underbar rostad Mesnilbouquet, med inslag av kokos, kaffe och höstlöv. Enastående rik nästan fet och knappast någon av de elegantaste champagner som kommit från firman & men vinet är tveklöst ett av årgångens främsta.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Glass time

30 min

Drinking temperature

8

Other wines from this producer

Salon Collection

Salon Non Dosé

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 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  Salon 1976  ( Salon )

"Magnum"

1y 3m ago

97p
 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1976  ( Salon )

"Varje gång jag får möjlighet att öppna en flaska där man kan urskilja den karaktäristiska guldskimrande bokstaven ’S’ följt av ’le Mesnil-sûr-Oger’ och flaskan är av den äldre modellen är jag nöjd. Stålgrimman spricker av tidens rand. Korken avlägsnas med en försiktig vridning av flaskan. ’Plopp’, ur flaskan strömmar en kanonad av den gamla champagnens aromer; lätt brända smöraromer, konfiterade fikon, brûléetoner… fet, oljig, rik! En helt underbar rostad Mesnilbouquet, med inslag av kokos, kaffe och höstlöv. Enastående rik nästan fet och knappast någon av de elegantaste champagner som kommit från firman & men vinet är tveklöst ett av årgångens främsta.
"

1y 7m ago

96p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1976  ( Salon )

"1976 Salon 96 points (96)

A wine that cannot be misunderstood. Absolutely adorable, with its fat, sweet and warm generosity and even fullness. Hardly a classic Salon, but what a pleasure.
"

4y 9m ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Salon 1976  ( Salon )

"Salon 1976 Magnum/ This particular vintage was the 31st vintage ever made of this adorable wine. Fine looking bottle. Beautifully bright yellow colour with golden tints and refined energetic bubbles. Very intense nose with hints of mushroom aromas but still youthful with green apples, bread and creamy tones. Crisp, medium-bodied taste had an adorable creamy mousse and persistence with a lemony bite on the palate with great length. Superb start for an exclusive seven course menu!"

4y 9m ago

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