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  • Country ranking ?

    3 005
  • Producer ranking ?

    20
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • 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 1997

1997 / Throughout winter and spring the climate alternated between mild weather and extreme cold. On June 11th, flowering began in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.Summer was hot and dry, making for excellent ripening conditions. The harvest commenced on September 22nd; during picking the weather was summery but with cold evening temperatures, which encouraged good acidity.

Salon 1997: A sensuality of silk.
The wine is pearlescent. A pale, lustrous gold with a fine, lively mousse.
The nose is complex yet ethereal. Wonderfully refined, it is intriguing and enticing. Its minerality complemented by hints of white flowers, acacia and hawthorn. A salty note enhances aromas of bread crust, brioche and the merest hint of green apple and hazelnut.
The palate is quintessentially pure, the very epitomy of balance and restraint. Exuberant on attack the mousse becomes more of a caress whilst bubbles dance playfully on the palate; its delicate allure emulating the sensuous grace of a silk veil at dawn.
Mastery character, elegance and bright vitality – Complex indeed.


Salon 1997: It is difficult to encapsulate where so many complementary and contradictory elements come together in such harmony. The finesse of silk, persistence, innate depth and power are allied to a lightness of touch – feminine and seductive, voluptuousness without bounds.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2013 2010
283€ +9.3% 259€ +6.6% 243€

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

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Medium, Round and Lingering

nose

Youthful, Refined, Pure and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

Low in Acidity, Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Developing, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Harmonious, Rich and Dry

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

1997 Salon 89 points (93) One of the best champagnes from 1997. The wine is fantastically caressing and silky, with a spring-like seductive grace. The sublime scent breathes linden, lime and a hint of brioche. The taste is lighter and more directly accessible than usual, yet incredibly refined and crystal clear.
  • 93p
Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Apples, nuanced, minerals, delicate and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, lively, elegant mousse, intense even if a bit sharp and lean, veryr efreshing, ads some body with air, delicately balanced, long. 94 ****
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Salon 1997 / Bright, green yellow colour with energetic bubbles. Pronounced complex nose with intense ripe kiwi fruit aromas, hints of toffee and almonds. Dry and crisp on the palate with rich mousse, a lovely mineral character and balanced ripe fruitiness. Long lingering finish with refined and persistent, elegant style. Drinks surprisingly well already, but will also definitely improve in next 10 to 15 years. 95 points
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Information

Origin

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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Inside Information

eRobertParker.com #1113
Nov 2013
David Schildknecht 95 Drink: N/A $319-$480 (330)
Walnut oil and smoky suggestions of struck flint in the nose of Salon’s 1997 Brut Le Mesnil are joined by intimation of the fresh lime and grapefruit that go on to inform its silken yet vivacious and refreshing palate with metaphorically cooling and sorbet-like refreshment. There is a vivid, hauntingly long, wave-like and buoying exchange of chalk and oyster shell, kelp and iodine with luscious citrus against a backdrop of creamy richness. This superb Salon – slightly more restrained than its 1999 counterpart, but no less intriguing or alluring – will merit at least a decade of cellaring.

Salon – totaling 40,000 to 60,000 bottles in years when it is produced (that’s expressed as 750 ml. each; though magnums are becoming a significant and increasing share) – is still informed to a significant extent by its two founding blocks of massale selection vines in the heart of Le Mesnil and adjacent to the nowadays shared Salon-Delamotte facility. But there are some 20 total parcels – totaling 30 acres – under contract expressly for Salon, most of which are farmed in-house, and each of which is vinified separately. Of course, “expressly” has to be qualified. Salon has been made in fewer than 40 vintages (the exact number is disputed) since its commercial inauguration in 1921, and nowadays the fruit from its vineyards goes into bottlings of Delamotte in years when – after due consideration leading up to (potential) assemblage – no Salon is “declared.” “C’est pas de Rocket Science, pas de secrets,” remarks director Didier Depond – whose cellarmaster here, responsible also for Delamotte (and indeed, Laurent Perrier) is Michel Fauconnet – implying that it’s normally evident at harvest whether a given vintage will merit showcasing. Salon, which never undergoes malo-lactic transformation, is that rare thing among Champagnes: one designed expressly for aging, whether in the bottle or as part of the selective late disgorgements undertaken for specific clients from their sur point reserves. (Though one need only have a substantial income or an intense desire in order to acquire the “normal” disgorgements, the latter-sort are no doubt beyond the means or influence of all but a very few wine lovers. I was lucky enough to visit on a June day when a bottle of 1988 was being disgorged for a client, and the small amount of wine evacuated into my glass so as to be replaced by dosage – a non-dose Salon, bear in mind, that doesn’t otherwise exist –demonstrated formidable depth of mineral-like and secondary nuances as well as stamina, grip, and mouthwatering salinity.)
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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Salon 1997  ( Salon )

"Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Apples, nuanced, minerals, delicate and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, lively, elegant mousse, intense even if a bit sharp and lean, veryr efreshing, ads some body with air, delicately balanced, long. 94 ****"

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1997  ( Salon )

"1997 Salon 89 points (93)

One of the best champagnes from 1997. The wine is fantastically caressing and silky, with a spring-like seductive grace. The sublime scent breathes linden, lime and a hint of brioche. The taste is lighter and more directly accessible than usual, yet incredibly refined and crystal clear.
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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 1997  ( Salon )

"TASTINGNOTE En av de allra främsta 97:orna. Vinet är fantastiskt smeksamt och silkesartat med en vårlik förförande grace. Den sublima doften andas lindblom, lime och antydan till brioche. Smaken är lättare och mer direkt lättillgänglig än vanligt, men samtidigt oerhört raffinerad och kristallklar. "

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