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  • Country ranking ?

    3 228
  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Scampi and caviar toasts

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 1990

Champagne Vintage Report by Salon / A mild and humid winter, spring frosts, spring drought, exceptional sunshine. Early bud- burst arrived early in the wake of a mild winter. Because of this prematurity, spring frosts were dreaded by all - a concern realised on the 5th and 19th April. 12,000 hectares (45% of the area under vine) were affected more or less seriously. However the frozen vines astonished yet again by the miraculous fertility of the base buds. A disruptive start to July gave way to hot weather, although with temperatures and rainfall close to the norm; however, atmospheric pressure was exceptional. The Chardonnays opened between 11th and 15th September. The ripeness of the grapes was remarkably uniform. The total sugar/acidity ratio was close to perfect. Superb wine.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2010 2005
622€ +30.7% 476€ +13.1% 421€ +142.0% 174€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Long and Extensive

flavors

Cigar-box and Mineral

nose

Intense and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Full-bodied, Focused, Rich and Vigor

Written Notes

1990 Salon 94 points (97) A magnum you would serve to all detractors of the 1990 vintage! A pure package of gunpowder, with an incipient coffee aroma and an insanely youthful power. Many complained, however, that it appeared to be the youngest in the congregation.
  • 94p
(Magnum) Straw yellow, golden tints, tiny bubbles. Brioche, yeast, apples, minerals, focused. Fresh acidity, a fresh 1990, focused, smoky and flinty, rich for Salon, elegant, long and refined.
  • 94p
TASTINGNOTE Vid fem års ålder kändes 90:an fortfarande som ett fatprov! Klockren och äpplig, med chablislika aromer och en storslagen ung frukt. I dag betydligt mer utvecklad fast samtidigt inne i en lite tråkig fas där aromer av torkat hö och malt dominerar över finess och frukt. På magnum känns vinet helt annorlunda med en nästan Dom Ruinart-lik rostning och bred storhusstil. Även dosagen känns högre. Jättegod, men ett mycket märkligt fenomen. Kanske har 90-skeptikerna rätt. Oxidativ senast! Årgångsbetyg: 5 av 5 poäng. En lysande årgång. 1990 var länge stramare än 89:an men rikare än 88:an. Måhända är 88:an mer klassisk men 90:an är något alldeles extra. Vinerna var så extraktrika vid lanseringen att de nästan var tuggbara. Vid tio års ålder mognade många 90:or och fisk en honungston uppbackad av saffran som kan bli en bra hake vid blindprovningar. Kommentar från provningen: En magnum man skulle servera alla årgångens många belackare! Klockrent krutpaket med begynnande kaffearom och vansinnig ungdomlig kraft. Många klagade dock på att den framstod som yngst i hela församlingen. Rangordning i provningen: 9:a av 19.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Drinking temperature

7

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Salon 1990  ( Salon )

"(Magnum) Straw yellow, golden tints, tiny bubbles. Brioche, yeast, apples, minerals, focused. Fresh acidity, a fresh 1990, focused, smoky and flinty, rich for Salon, elegant, long and refined. "

4y 7m ago

94p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1990  ( Salon )

"1990 Salon 94 points (97)

A magnum you would serve to all detractors of the 1990 vintage! A pure package of gunpowder, with an incipient coffee aroma and an insanely youthful power. Many complained, however, that it appeared to be the youngest in the congregation.

"

4y 10m ago

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1990  ( Salon )

"TASTINGNOTE Vid fem års ålder kändes 90:an fortfarande som ett fatprov! Klockren och äpplig, med chablislika aromer och en storslagen ung frukt. I dag betydligt mer utvecklad fast samtidigt inne i en lite tråkig fas där aromer av torkat hö och malt dominerar över finess och frukt. På magnum känns vinet helt annorlunda med en nästan Dom Ruinart-lik rostning och bred storhusstil. Även dosagen känns högre. Jättegod, men ett mycket märkligt fenomen. Kanske har 90-skeptikerna rätt. Oxidativ senast!
Årgångsbetyg: 5 av 5 poäng.
En lysande årgång. 1990 var länge stramare än 89:an men rikare än 88:an. Måhända är 88:an mer klassisk men 90:an är något alldeles extra. Vinerna var så extraktrika vid lanseringen att de nästan var tuggbara. Vid tio års ålder mognade många 90:or och fisk en honungston uppbackad av saffran som kan bli en bra hake vid blindprovningar.
Kommentar från provningen: En magnum man skulle servera alla årgångens många belackare! Klockrent krutpaket med begynnande kaffearom och vansinnig ungdomlig kraft. Många klagade dock på att den framstod som yngst i hela församlingen.
Rangordning i provningen: 9:a av 19.
"

4y 10m ago

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