Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2007
96 points, “The 2007 Salon seems to mark a return to a racier, more precise style.” – Wine Advocate
96 points, “The 2007 Salon is gorgeous. Weightless, delicate and understated, the 2007 is all class.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
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 2006 was rich, flamboyant and verging on tropical, but the 2007 is much cleaner and more linear. Didier Depond and his team have created a wine that streaks from the glass like a laser, leaving chalk, brioche crumbs, apple sorbet, blossom petals, whipped cream and lemon zest in its formidable wake. Tasting this cooler 2007 vintage alongside the fuller 2006 is nothing short of a life changing moment. The 2008 will only be released in magnum format in very limited quantities, and Salon didn't declare a vintage in '09, '10 or '11, so demand for this 2007 will be very high indeed.
£79.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2821879
Style No.: 706295
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