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Salon Brut Champagne Blanc de Blancs "Le Mesnil" 2002 (Champagne, France) - [WE 100] [JS 99][WS 97] [AG 96+] [ST 95]
Salon Brut Champagne Blanc de Blancs "Le Mesnil" 2002 (Champagne, France) - [WE 100] [JS 99][WS 97] [AG 96+] [ST 95]

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Winery: Salon
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Champagne, France
Vintage: 2002
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: C-JPV-SALON02-W

About the Champagne:

Champagne Salon is the creation of one man, a champagne connoisseur enchanted then seduced by the terroir of Le Mesnil, home to truly excellent Chardonnay. Originally the product of one single man, Aimé Salon; from one single region, the Côte de Blancs; from one single cru, le Mesnil-sur-Oger; from one single grape variety, Chardonnay; and from one single vintage, with no blending whatsoever, Salon was created in 1911 with its first vintage 1905.

This Champagne is produced from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon: "Salon’s garden", and from 19 other smaller parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger, chosen by Aimé Salon at the beginning of the century. The wines are cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse.

Ratings & Reviews
100 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"The 35th 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 Le 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." —R.V. (12/1/14)

99 Points - James Suckling:
"The 2002 is a fabulous vintage, clearly on the same level as the great and structured 1996. Salon is a unique Blanc de Blancs because it ages so well. It's more like a top grand cru white Burgundy than a Champagne in structure with a great depth and density of fruit, bright linear backbone of acidity, and incredible length. The 2002 Salon is phenomenal quality. I tasted it in New York City yesterday. I was mesmerized. 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 magnificent to drink now, but shows great texture and structure for aging." (3/11/2014)

97 Points - Wine Spectator:
"There’s vibrancy and a sense of finesse to this rich and creamy Champagne. Defined by racy acidity and a streak of chalky minerality, this offers an expansive palate of glazed apricot, oyster shell, toasted almond and spun honey flavors, accented by hints of ground ginger, dried lemon peel and marzipan. Offers a racy, persistent finish. Drink now through 2030. From France." — A.N. (Aug. 26, 2015)

96+ Points - Antonio Galloni:"
An explosive, powerful wine, the just-released 2002 Salon is all about intensity. The 2002 is deep and resonant to the core, with fabulous richness and a towering, statuesque personality to match. Readers will need to be patient. Today, it is almost impossibly raw and young. Still, the 2002 is built more on fruit than acidity, so I expect it will always be a relatively exuberant Salon. I can’t wait to see how it ages." - Antonio Galloni (May 2014)

95 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"Light yellow. Intensely perfumed aromas of tangerine, poached pear, white flowers and candied ginger, with a vibrant mineral overtone. Velvety and seamless on the palate, offering densely packed orchard and citrus fruit flavors that gain spiciness and vivacity with air. Shows superb depth and finishes long, taut and minerally, with clinging pear and honeysuckle qualities. I have no doubt that this is a Champagne for the long haul; in fact, it really demands aging." - Josh Raynolds (Dec 2014)

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