James Suckling MW 98 Points
Antonio Galloni 97+ Points
In the scheme of not only Champagne, but of wine in general, Salon sits in a very privileged place. A jewel in the Côte des Blancs with the sole mission to produce one single cuvée, this latest 2004 release is only the 39th vintage deemed worthy in the years since creation in 1911 by the late Aimé Salon.
The 2004 growing season started slowly but it was soon evident that crops were healthy so Salon took the decision to make a green harvest in July to taper their yields and the season played out to deliver exceptional ripeness with good acid retention, all of which is evidenced in the resulting wine.
The 10 years spent in the cellar in Mesnil-sur-Oger has delivered an entrancing interplay between characters of elegance and purity, cast alongside characters that are richer, more hedonistic and powerful. The resulting sensation is as much about the narrative of the season and the time spent building in the cellar.
Today we present the superb 2004 vintage. It is produced entirely from Chardonnay and is from a single cru in the Champagne region - vineyards surrounding Le Mesnil-sur-Oger."
Salon Blanc de Blancs 2004
$849.00 a Bottle
$1895.00 a Magnum
Antonio Galloni, Vinous:
The 2004 Salon has been superb each time I have tasted it over the last year or so. Bright, tense and crystalline, with all of the energy that is typical of both Salon and the vintage in the Côte des Blancs, the 2004 bristles with superb precision and cool, pulsating minerality. The 2004 spent a dozen years on its lees. Over the last six months or so, it has gradually begun to open up, but it is very much a wine for the cellar. Two thousand four is remembered as a vintage with record high yields. Salon (and Delamotte) did a terrific job in keeping the vines well balanced. Production was just 46,000 bottles, as opposed to the 60,000 or so that is more typical. Chef de Caves Michel Fauconnet opted for a low dosage of just 4 grams per liter. This is a tremendous showing. 97+ Points
James Suckling MW:
2004 Salon weaves together immense complexity with stunning purity and makes instant impact on the nose with fresh-baked pastry and brioche, chalky minerals, fresh white mushroom, cucumber, lemon curd and striking lemon and lime citrus fruits. The palate has an almost smoky mineral thread, toasty autolytic flavors build and expand through the mid-palate, opening to grapefruit and ripe white peach flavours, lemon sorbet and very lightly grilled hazelnuts to close. This is an impressively layered Blanc de Blancs in which bright acidity supports the flavorsome, concentrated and fleshy texture in seamless balance. A great Salon, very composed and complex in every respect, a classically styled vintage in which this legendary Champagne has excelled. It will be a fascinatingly complex Champagne with further age. Drink now and for 10+ years. 98 Points
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