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Champagne Salon Cuvee S 2002 (2550)
  

Champagne Salon Cuvee S 2002 (2550)

France - Champagne
Chardonnay

“Champagne Salon's president has labelled the newly-released 2002 vintage as one of the best in memory, and said he is entirely relaxed about the house not making a vintage since 2008.


Didier Depond said Salon has produced only 62,000 bottles of the 2002 vintage, which he described during a launch event in London last week as 'one of the best vintages we have ever produced in Champagne'.


Some in Champagne have been accused of lavishing too much praise on too many vintages, but Depond does not appear prone to hyperbole. He has refused to make a vintage Champagne from 2009, '10, '11 and '12, 'because the quality was not at the right level'.


'Of course this will affect us,' he said as assembled journalists tasted the 2002 alongside a full English breakfast. 'I need to manage the financial aspects very clearly.'


He compared the 2002 to 1982, an acclaimed vintage in Champagne. 'It has exactly the same character of wine as the 1982. You can see after 12 years the beautiful colour is still very pale, there is no oxidation, it hasn’t gone gold, it still has a yellow/green colour which is a good sign for the potential of the wine, and there are also very tiny bubbles, which is for me one of the best signs of the quality.


'For me, the best time to drink this wine will be in five years.' The price, he added, looks reasonable compared to a first growth Bordeaux or Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine.


The 2002 is the 38th vintage that Salon has released in its 100-year history. It is produced entirely from Chardonnay and is from a single cru in the Champagne region - vineyards surrounding Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.”


Decanter Magazine


AUD$1,050.00
Quantity

Buy a full case of 12 bottles of this wine and pay for 11 bottles

Professional Reviews

WE
100
Wine Enthusiast

The 37th and most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable and magnificent. Made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Les Mesnil-sur-Oger, it combines intense minerality, a crisp textured core and the beginnings of maturity. The depths of this wine, with its layers of fruit and steeliness, are superb. Even after 12 years, it still needs to age further. Drink from 2018.

 

JS
99
James Suckling Tasting Report

The 2002 Salon is phenomenal quality. (…) It is a subtle and intense Champagne that shows complex character of lilac, minerals, sliced lemon, apple and white pepper. It is full body and dense yet racy and agile with a lightness and freshness. It has a gloriously long finish. It changes every moment in the glass. It has such clarity. It’s magnificient to drink now, but shows great texture and structure for aging.

 

JRob
20
Jancis Robinson

 

The nose is beautifully open – buttercream, bakery dough with a saline and flint character
too. Impeccable but very subtle fruit. This is excellence done by degrees. There’s a floral
quality, and a smoky, reductive edge too. Even some honey. It’s only just entering its
drinking window. As is often said of the very best champagnes, this is wine first and
sparkling second. 

The nose is beautifully open – buttercream, bakery dough with a saline and flint character too. Impeccable but very subtle fruit. This is excellence done by degrees. There’s a floral quality, and a smoky, reductive edge too. Even some honey. It’s only just entering its drinking window. As is often said of the very best champagnes, this is wine first and sparkling second. 

 
Darren's Notes

Producer's Notes

Champagne Salon



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