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    283
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    Baked Goat Cheese with Glazed Baby Beets

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1961 Salon Collection 99 points by Richard Juhlin / If I was near tears due to the disappointment of the 1966, the tears came for real in the next flight when this bottle, disgorged at the same time and with exactly the same low dosage, was so lovely that my emotions surged over. In fact, this wonderfully youthful wine is the bottle that reminded me most of the world's top wine - the 1928 Pol Roger Grauves. It was the same improbable contrast between the youthful and mature notes. The scent is so unreal, with its euphoric pheromone-reeking perfume enhanced by linden, geranium, lily of the valley, acacia, ginger, fresh tarragon, mint, lime zest and lemon of Sorrento. Crystal-clear brilliance, laser-sharp clarity and delicate precision. Affectionate with faint undertones of vanilla, brioche and toast. A flinty mineral finesse and whirling small pearl necklace bubbles pirouetting on the palate and bursting like caviar grains in the mouth. What is lacking, in comparison to the 1928 Grauves, is a hazy oiliness that may come in twenty years or so. Imagine a 51-year old who can personalise melted snow, late winter and life's rebirth.

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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.

Made from 100% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs grand cru vineyard, Le Mesnil-sur- Oger. The densely planted vines are located on the mid-slope in chalky soil, and the Cordon de Royat method of trellising is used, which allows access to the soil at the base of the vines.

The grapes are picked and sorted by hand. Only the first pressing, or cuvée, is used. This is the lightest, freshest juice, containing the highest percentage of acidity, which is essential to the evolution and vivacity of the Champagne. The first fermentation takes place in a stainless steel tank. The wine receives no oak exposure and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.

The wine is cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse. Riddling is done by hand. All bottles are disgorged within 8 months of the first disgorgement, also by hand.

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Wine Information

1961/ Flowering languid at the start, very rapid from full bloom stage to completion. Harvesting commenced on 20th September in excellent conditions, revealing a good health status. Fine quality.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2010 2005
4 944€ +27.3% 3 883€ +1.0% 3 844€ +116.4% 1 776€

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

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Straw and Pale

ending

Long, Round and Extensive

flavors

Apricot

nose

Intense, Opulent, Ripe and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Complex, Developing, Medium-bodied, Rich, Vigor, Fresh, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Full-bodied and Impressive

Written Notes

If I was near tears due to the disappointment of the 1966, the tears came for real in the next flight when this bottle, disgorged at the same time and with exactly the same low dosage, was so lovely that my emotions surged over. In fact, this wonderfully youthful wine is the bottle that reminded me most of the world's top wine - the 1928 Pol Roger Grauves. It was the same improbable contrast between the youthful and mature notes. The scent is so unreal, with its euphoric pheromone-reeking perfume enhanced by linden, geranium, lily of the valley, acacia, ginger, fresh tarragon, mint, lime zest and lemon of Sorrento. Crystal-clear brilliance, laser-sharp clarity and delicate precision. Affectionate with faint undertones of vanilla, brioche and toast. A flinty mineral finesse and whirling small pearl necklace bubbles pirouetting on the palate and bursting like caviar grains in the mouth. What is lacking, in comparison to the 1928 Grauves, is a hazy oiliness that may come in twenty years or so. Imagine a 51-year old who can personalise melted snow, late winter and life's rebirth.
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Årgångsbetyg: 5 av 5 poäng. På grund av att 61:orna från Bordeaux blivit så berömda kostar champagne från årgången mer än ’59, ’64 och ’66, trots att kvaliteten inte är högre. Krug är kolossal och många champagnesamlare hävdar att ’61 Dom Pérignon som den främsta champagnen de provat. ’61 Billecart-Salmon kom tvåa i Millenieprovningen. Kommentar från provningen: Om jag var nära att gråta av besvikelse över 66:an kom tårarna på riktigt i nästa flight då denna flaska degorgerad samtidigt och med exakt samma låga dosage var så ljuvlig att känslorna svallade över. Här fanns en osannolik kontrast mellan ungdomlighet och snyggt mogna toner. Doften är så overklig med sin euforiska feromonosande parfym upplyft av lindblom, geranium, liljekonvalj, akacia, ingefära, färsk dragon, mynta, limeskal och Sorrentocitron. Glasklar briljans och laserskarp skärpa och precision. Smeksam med svaga undertoner av vanilj, brioche och rostning. Klockren flintig mineralfiness och virvlande små pärlhalsbandsbubblor som dansar balett i gommen och spricker som kaviarkorn i munnen. Tänk att en 51-åring kan personifiera snösmältning, vårvinter och livets pånyttfödelse. Vinet kommer direkt från Salons källare. Degorgerad i oktober’11, dosage 1 gram/liter. Rangordning i provningen: 1:a av 19.
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Origin

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

30min

Drinking temperature

8

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Salon 1961  ( Salon )

"Great experience with some amazing wines - Charles Heidsiecks and Krug Vintage 1973! Also astonishing experience to see such a revolting fake of Krug Collection 1979 - bottleful of Sambuca!"

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