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Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2004 Champagne

More vintages: 2002Salon is a story of the singular. One wine of one variety from one vintage, sourced from one region (Côte de Blancs) and one village (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger); there is only one Salon. Founded in 1911, Champagne Salon is the creation of one man, Eugène-Aimé Salon, a champagne connoisseur enchanted then seduced by the terroir of Le Mesnil. At the beginning of the 20th century he created Champagne’s first Blanc de Blancs, originally only for personal consumption and the first known vintage was 1905.

The fruit of the single-hectare vineyard of Jardin de Salon is currently declassified to Delamotte, as the vines are just 14 years old, and will not be included in Salon for at least another three years. This Champagne is therefore produced from 19 longstanding growers in Mesnil-sur-Oger, who sell their fruit only to Salon. There is no non-vintage, so production is limited to only the finest years, of which the current release, 2004, is just the 38th since 1905. The wines are cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse. With only 10 employees (six in the cellar and four in the office), riddling performed by hand attention to detail is the key to Salon's prowess. Only 42,000 bottles of 2004 have been produced.

The harvest in 2004 started with growers still reeling from the heatwave in 2003 that had made growing a struggle. A warm, dry soil had increased the growth of the buds and reduced disease. Throughout late spring and early summer, Mid-June in particular, experienced ideal weather conditions to allow the fruits to develop. A rare decision was taken by the Salon team to carry out a ‘vendage vert’ (green harvest) to thin the crop. However, conditions worsened from this point, large amounts of rain and cold weather affected the vines and threated to undo the positive start to the harvest. Once again, September was the saviour of the harvest, beginning with hot and sunny conditions to allow the grapes to develop a near perfect ripeness.

On the nose hints of jasmine and freshness, this continues on the palate with plenty of fruits and pear. Brioche combines with a creamy mousse leading to a lengthy finish. A vintage that is drinking well already but with a great capacity to age and improve.

Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2004 was first released in June 2016.

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 7 g/L

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Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs,
Jun 2016
“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.”,
Apr 2016
“Just released. Twinkly-eyed Didier Depond, president of Champagne Salon and in his 20th year at the company, explains that the heatwave conditions of 2003 had a significant influence on 2004: low ground water meant warmer soils, promoting growth and minimising disease. Abundant fruit set so that they took the unusual step of carrying out a green harvest. A cool August prolonged the ripening season, then September was fine for the harvest. As always, 100% Chardonnay from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, aged at least 10 years on the lees. Disgorged autumn 2015 with a dosage of 5-6 g/l. Incidentally, importers Corney & Barrow suggest drink dates from now to 2050+, and tasting the older wines in this line-up, I can see it will continue a lot longer than I have suggested but it does turn into a very different drink.
Very refined light lemony nose with a slightly dusty character, almost like sherbet but not sweet. Biscuity note softens the really crisp and elegant lemon flavour. Tiny bubbles, and smoothed by the creamy lees texture. Very youthful and so tight. So light on its feet but incredibly long. (JH)”,
Oct 2016
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“Anyone following champagne knows the infamously large size of the year’s crop. But Salon 2004 echoes none of the year’s viticultural problems. A classically restrained salty nose with bright fruity expression oozing lemon curd and kumquat. Vibrantly dancing palate with long stoney mineral palate with emerging buttery generosity. Enjoy a bottle but forget the rest of the case in the cellar for at least a decade.”
Bought directly from Corney & Barrow, the UK agent for Salon. This is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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