Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2008 Box Set 6000ml
100 points, “The 2008 Salon is simply extraordinary. Sadly, there will only be 8,000 magnums for the world… It is quite simply one of the most magnificent Champagnes I have ever tasted.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
19 points, “Certainly a magical wine, likely to feed a frenzy among (well-heeled) investors.” – Jancis Robinson
For “the dream vintage” of 2008, the President of Champagne Salon, Didier Depond, took the dramatic decision to bottle it only in magnum format, 8,000 to be precise. This is only around a quarter of the typical production for Salon, so will be in extremely high demand. These precious double bottles are only available to purchase as part of a special wooden case including two bottles from each of the outstanding 2007 (97 points from Vinous), 2006 (96 points from Vinous) and 2004 (97 points from Vinous) vintages. So, this enviable case contains the equivalent of eight standard bottles of some of the finest Champagne ever created. The high demand will be further compounded by the fact that Salon didn’t declare a vintage in ’09, ’10 or ’11. This case will therefore need to last you for several years until the next release.
Established in 1914, Salon is an icon. The quality is almost without rival and its rarity makes it practically unobtainable. According to respected sparkling wine expert Richard Juhlin: “Salon is the most sought-after Champagne among connoisseurs. This magnificent wine is so rare that only a few people have had the chance to taste the quintessence of Mesnil.”
Vintages are only declared in exceptional years and then only around 60,000 bottles are created, which is about 10% of the volume produced by peers such as Krug and Cristal. This great house produces just one wine: Cuvée ‘S’. It was first created in 1911 by Eugène Aimé Salon from just a single hectare. He believed that the best Chardonnay from Mesnil did not need to be blended, so to this day Salon is a pure Blanc de Blancs. All of the grapes come from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte de Blancs; this Grand Cru village just south of Épernay is seen by many as the pinnacle of Chardonnay production, with comparisons regularly being drawn with Burgundy. The grapes are handpicked from vines with an average age of 50 years in a 6.2-hectare vineyard called Le Jardin de Salon (Salon’s Garden) and from 19 other smaller parcels – all of which were chosen by the founder himself. The wine spends at least 10 years on the lees, all the while gaining immense complexity. Always a wine of singularity; one varietal, one village and one vintage. And every time it is created, it’s a little different. The 2008 is a Champagne of crystal clarity, elegant finesse, immense complexity and an unrivalled delicacy of texture.£145.83 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3151458
Style No.: 781998
Wooden case contains:
- 1 x Magnum of Salon Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2008, 1500ml
- 2 x Bottles of Salon Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2007, 2 x 750ml
- 2 x Bottles of Salon Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2006, 2 x 750ml
- 2 x Bottles of Salon Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2004, 2 x 750ml
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