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  • Country ranking ?

    609
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salmon velouté with lemon and cream

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 1996

1996 / In the wake of a dry, grey and cold winter (albeit one with only rare frosts), budburst took place mid-April owing to a sharp rise in temperature. However May was marked by very low temperatures, although with no rainfall. Early June was hot and sunny. Capricious summer alternated between sizzling heat and rain at the end of August. Harvesting was set to start from 16th September to 1st October. The composition of the 1996 musts was absolutely exceptional. It was impossible to find identical analytical characteristics in past harvests, i.e. such richness in sugar and such strong total acidity. The characteristics of the 1996 wine offer a long cellaring potential.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2010 2005
379€ +19.2% 318€ +10.0% 289€ +4.3% 277€

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.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

26 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Green-Yellow and Clear

ending

Long, Flavorful and Extensive

flavors

Floral, Nutty, Citrus, Bread, Mineral and White fruits

nose

Intense, Refined, Complex and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Concentrated, Complex, Balanced, Youthful, Full-bodied, Round, Rich, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Well made and Outstanding

Written Notes


The 1996 Salon that followed was a bit shy out of magnum, especially after the effusive Selosse. 1996 Salon is still a star and one of the Champagnes of the vintage (96+M).

  • 96p
It is always just as exciting and different to taste the first glass of a newly released vintage Salon. There is nothing that is as perky and acid, as almost painfully fresh and full of go. In the midst of this 96 which is as clear as a bell and razorsharp, there is a buttery layer of the highest class, as in a Clos du Mesnil. The journey has begun!
  • 94p

Boasting an extremely clean and elegant nose with cream toffee and minerals, the firm taste is enlivened by the wine’s steely backbone. The taste is starting to open and to reveal the breadth and depth of the wine. The wine will soon be enjoyable, but ten more years in the cellar will reveal the true nature of Salon.

  • 93p

Information

Origin

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

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Inside Information

In the Cellar 
Mar 2009
Antonio Galloni 97+ Drink: N/A $339-$859

This bottle of the 1996 Salon is like every other bottle I have had recently, which is to say tight, tight, tight. Still, this painfully unevolved, mineral-driven wine shows tons of potential in its floral, white fruits. In a recent tasting of the 1979 Champagnes, the Salon was one of the finest wines, but it needed several hours of air to open up. Although the 1996 is pure magic in a glass, it remains a wine for the exceedingly patient.

 

 

1996 Salon 93 points (97) Richard Juhlin

Probably one of the greatest Salons ever made. It is very handsome and restrained on the nose, with the clear tones of snow, static electricity and freshly laundered sheets. Polished and pretty, but with a muscular embracing body which wraps the rocky Mesnil minerals and bitter acids in a fraudulent cocoon.

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93p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )

Boasting an extremely clean and elegant nose with cream toffee and minerals, the firm taste is enlivened by the wine’s steely backbone. The taste is starting to open and to reveal the breadth and depth of the wine. The wine will soon be enjoyable, but ten more years in the cellar will reveal the true nature of Salon.

1m 20d ago

95p
 Dylan O'Brien / Sommelier, Pro (Ireland)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )

The 1996 Salon is just beginning to enter the early part of its plateau of maturity. Time in bottle has softened some of the razor-sharp focus the 1996 had when it was first released, but all of the energy it had as a young Champagne remains. A host of candied lemon, almonds and wild flowers punctuate the sculpted, persistent finish. Readers who own the 1996 can look forward to another two decades or more of exceptional drinking. 

3m 28d ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )


The 1996 Salon that followed was a bit shy out of magnum, especially after the effusive Selosse. 1996 Salon is still a star and one of the Champagnes of the vintage (96+M).

4m 24d ago

94p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )

"It is always just as exciting and different to taste the first glass of a newly released vintage Salon. There is nothing that is as perky and acid, as almost painfully fresh and full of go. In the midst of this 96 which is as clear as a bell and razorsharp, there is a buttery layer of the highest class, as in a Clos du Mesnil. The journey has begun!"

11m 24d ago

99p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )

"Salon 1996

Completely undeveloped but very deep and intense nose with hints of white flowers, lime, lime skins, green apples, fresh hazelnuts and minerality.

Killer palate with laser like focus and a completely seamless and pure fruit that is still very, very youthful. This wine grips your palate with lime, green apples, white flowers and a profound minerality. However, today this is all about the perfect structure and never ending finish that sings with minerality and notes of fresh nuts. A stunner as always. Perfect Champagne!
Drink 2020-2050
99p.
"

4y 1m ago

93p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )

"1996 Salon 93 points (97)

Probably one of the greatest Salons ever made. It is very handsome and restrained on the nose, with the clear tones of snow, static electricity and freshly laundered sheets. Polished and pretty, but with a muscular embracing body which wraps the rocky Mesnil minerals and bitter acids in a fraudulent cocoon.
"

4y 4m ago

97p
 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )

"Förmodligen en av de största Salon som gjorts. Väldigt stilig och återhållsam i doften med klara toner av nysnö, statisk elektricitet och nytvättade lakan. Polerad och snygg, men med en muskulös omfamnade kropp som lindar in steniga Mesnil-mineral och bitande syror i en bedräglig kokong.
Årgångsbetyg: 5 av 5 poäng.
Kan vara den bästa årgången genom tiderna. Inte sedan 1928 har man sett så hög syra i kombination med hög potentiell alkohol. En lång, torr och mycket solig sommar gav druvor med synnerligen god koncentration av socker och fruktsyra. 1996 är en riktig monsterårgång och det i sig är väl ingen nyhet. Familjen Diebolt i Cramant tycker dock att syranivåerna är på tok för höga på vissa håll. Man brukar ju säga att alla kan göra bra vin under stora årgångar men om vädret är för extremt behövs det skickligt vinmakande också för att tackla alla ovanliga fenomen.
Kommentar från provningen: Hoppsan vad gott! Normalt sett är jag inte så imponerad som de flesta andra av denna supertighta årgång.
Rangordning i provningen: 5:a av 19.
"

4y 4m ago

94p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Salon 1996  ( Salon )

"medium-deep lemon green colour, Waxy, restrained, closed nose, elegant, lemon, line, very focused. Long and soooo intense. Sooo clan and tight, futeur will tell."

4y 4m ago

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