Champagne Salon 2002 - Blanc de Blancs Millesime 750 ml
France - Champagne
Sparkling - Vintage: 2002 - Size: 750 ml
Salon is one of the most prestigious houses in Champagne. Instead of making a range of styles that includes a prestige cuvee like most Champagne houses, Salon makes a single prestige cuvee, which is made entirely from Chardonnay from the village Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The house was founded in 1911 by Aime Salon, who thought that Champagne was dominated by heavy Pinot Noir. He decided to make a top Chardonnay-based wine instead. Now, Salon is made in only the best vintages - in years deemed not good enough, the grapes become a part of Champagne Delamotte instead. The wine comes from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon and 19 smaller parcels cultivated through agreements with various growers in the Grand Cru-classified Le Mesnil. Salon is held back in cellar for much longer than other Champagnes - it can spend up to a decade in bottle before it is released onto the market, and can be cellared further.
The Salon 1999 Brut Le Mesnil - disgorged already in 2011 and dosed with a pretty typical six grams of residual sugar - displays faintly fusil and quarry dust notes as well as hickory nut, almond, walnut and toasted wheat piquancy on the nose. Polished and subtly creamy in texture yet brightly juicy with apple and lemon, this displays an uncanny sense of lift and refinement, perfectly complementing the honeysuckle and heliotrope perfume that waft inner-mouth. You could lose yourself in the ineffability of this wine's floral diversity and in its resonantly nut and grain low tones. Hints of apple pip lend subtle additional piquancy on a long and at once soothing as well as stimulating finish, with suggestions of oyster liquor becoming prominent as the bottle stands open for a few minutes, and serving to milk the salivary glands for all that they are worth. Follow this for at least a decade.