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  • Country ranking ?

    823
  • Producer ranking ?

    7
  • Decanting time

    30 min
  • When to drink

    from 2018
  • Food Pairing

    Carmody Cheese with Quince Preserves

The fact is, Champagne Salon is unique, born from a unique concept : a single grape variety, chardonnay ; a single terroir, the Côte des Blancs, a single cru village, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, a single year, its vintage.. just as Aimé Salon had imagined it in the early 1900s. The creative genius behind this exalted champagne, he forged from his idea a masterpiece of balance and dazzing elegance, exploding like fireworks in a riot of gold, the faintest shimmer of green here and there, brilliant and yet so subtle: Champagne Salon. In the 2002 vintage we finally have its true icon.
 

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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 2002

What a year 2002 turned out to be ! In Champagne, particularly in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, weather conditions were notably unsettled, swinging between cool and warm, rain and dry : but no harsh frosts, no devastating downpours, and almost no hail. As a result the vines could not have been healthier. Pollen measurements at flowering indicated an abundant harvest – possibly too abundant – with bunches gaining weight fast. Would quality be up to scratch? While cautious growers thinned the crop, the issue resolved itself naturally as summer progressed, beautiful warm days concentrating the fruit and restoring perfect balance. The harvest began in mid-September, the 16th in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in a cool snap with bright blue skies. The chardonnay grapes, harvested at just the right yields, turned out to be rich and powerful, every grape a reflection of its conditions. Add to this the human element – supreme effort, artistry, love – and the result is a wine of refinement, precision, balance; glinting, captivating like a samurai sword. For the image of battle could not be more apposite given the audacity and power, serene tension and selfassurance present in this 2002 vintage, here for us now to savour. Not just the soul of Salon, but its triumph.

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Average Bottle Price

2015
363€

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

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Long

flavors

Pepper, Violet and Mineral

taste

Full-bodied, Full and Powerful

Verdict

Impressive

Written Notes

Pale lemon, tiny bubbles. Detailed, elegant, nuanced, refined, layered, subdued, fragrant, some brioche, floral notes, fruity, citrus, minerals, plaster, you name it. Fresh acidity, gorgeous mousse, elegant, nuanced, detailed, fresh, lively, light brioche note, superb balance, refined as very few. Very long.- 98p
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Det är ingen helmlighet att jag är grinig på champagnerna från Salon. Ja, det var innan Johan Tidelius-provningen på Operaköllaren 2012. Vinerna är antingen omogna som gröna krusbär (de första 25-30 åren) eller övermogna som ett mjölkigt ostron i juli … men här är den! Den perfekta unga Champagnen från Salon! Exemplarisk balans mellan årgångens rikedom & Le Mesnils elegans & subtiliteter. Den bästa unga Salon jag druckit? Utan tvekan den bästa sedan ’83:an var i samma ålder i alla fall.
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Information

Origin

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

1h

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Inside Information

Far too few have had the opportunity to be able to taste Salon in full bloom. Many argue, with some justification, that they are either steely, undeveloped acid parcels or oxidative, fallen fruit bombs. It is certainly true that Salon will need many years to develop full maturity and that they are made in an old-fashioned, malic acid, patience-testing style; however, to say that also sometimes mature too quickly and become over-matured is a misunderstanding. What happens is that the wines in the ‘interphase’ take on notes reminiscent of oxidation due to the ripening of the grapes at harvest, before the rich buttery nutty style is fully developed. The flavour spectrum, shades of straw, overripe apples and figs, is allowed a great deal of leeway. This is a strange but very obvious phenomenon when you have time to follow a vintage of Salon through its life journey.

 

My oldest Salon comes from the rare and mediocre vintage of 1932, and it turned out to be both really wonderful and youthful. Wines from the forties and fifties are probably the best and 1928 Salon is at the top of my wish list of champagnes I have not yet tasted. We had several healthy sceptics within the test group, but everyone agreed about the need for mature experiences in order to be fully able to understand the very young specimens, and that time transforms these narrow and hard youngsters into complex mature beauties.

Richard Juhlin

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Salon 2002  ( Salon )

"Det är ingen helmlighet att jag är grinig på champagnerna från Salon. Ja, det var innan Johan Tidelius-provningen på Operaköllaren 2012. Vinerna är antingen omogna som gröna krusbär (de första 25-30 åren) eller övermogna som ett mjölkigt ostron i juli … men här är den! Den perfekta unga Champagnen från Salon! Exemplarisk balans mellan årgångens rikedom & Le Mesnils elegans & subtiliteter. Den bästa unga Salon jag druckit? Utan tvekan den bästa sedan ’83:an var i samma ålder i alla fall.
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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Salon 2002  ( Salon )

"Pale lemon, tiny bubbles. Detailed, elegant, nuanced, refined, layered, subdued, fragrant, some brioche, floral notes, fruity, citrus, minerals, plaster, you name it. Fresh acidity, gorgeous mousse, elegant, nuanced, detailed, fresh, lively, light brioche note, superb balance, refined as very few. Very long.- 98p"

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