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Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 1997

Recent Disgorgement in 2021

Per Bottle
£1,460.00
Delivery Requires up to 2 Working Days Stored at our Out of London Warehouse
Description & Technical Information
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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 this release, 1999, is just the 36th 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 and typically only 50,000 bottles produced; attention to detail is the key to Salon's prowess.

This 1997 Blanc de Blancs is Salon's 36th vintage from 100% Chardonnay; Salon describes it as “sensuality of silk.” This was a summer marked by hot and dry conditions, making for excellent ripening. The harvest commenced on September 22nd; during picking the weather was summery but with cold evening temperatures, which encouraged good acidity.

Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 7 g/L
Disgorged: Autumn 2021
Drink: Now to 2040+

Tasting Note: Rich buttery nose with pastry and vanilla tones and emerging coffee and creamy notes. Quite evolved on the nose already but fresh and generous, almost oily on the palate. Open and embracing with great nutty and peppery complexity at the very finish. - Tasting by Essi Avellan MW
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Expert Reviews
93 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Rich buttery nose with pastry and vanilla tones and emerging coffee and creamy notes. Quite evolved on the nose already but fresh and generous, almost oily on the palate. Open and embracing with great nutty and peppery complexity at the very finish.”
95/100
William Kelley
“A wine that just seems to go from strength to strength is Salon's 1997 Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut. The Maison kept back large stocks that they have gradually been disgorging over the last half-dozen years—it's still a commercial release and well worth seeking out. From a bottle disgorged in 2020, the wine wafts from the glass with scents of honeycomb, white flowers and orange rind, complemented by hints of burnt marmalade and exotic fruit. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's notably taut and chiseled for the vintage, with racy acids and a beautifully expressive mid-palate. This is really beginning to drink with real grace, and if it doesn't hit quite the same heights as the best bottles of 1996 Salon, I have found the 1997 notably more consistent. I suppose it was picked a touch early, given the botrytis pressure in 1997, but time is being very kind to this wine.”
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Extremely rich, layered and lacy texture. Then dry and dense on the finish. Fresh and stereotypically 'feminine'. Impressive.”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged September 2018. Dosage 3 g/l. Didier Depond arrived just after the vintage in 1997.
Very expressive with attractive and not excessive chewiness. Herbs and flowers and almost like the biodynamic wild-flower effect. Great spread of aromas and quite a tight texture. Real concentration. Easy to love. Still some chew.”
95/100
Antonio Galloni
“One of the surprises in this vertical, the 1997 Salon is super-polished, delicate and refined. The 1997 offers lovely detail and nuance throughout. Hints of candied lemon peel, white flowers and white pepper add an element of brightness that complements the wine's natural richness. Although 1997 doesn't belong to the group of elite vintages at Salon, it does come close to that level. Perhaps even more importantly, the 1997 is aging gracefully and should continue to drink nicely for a number of years.”
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