Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2004 Champagne

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Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs
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Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2004 - 75cl Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2004 - 75cl   £419.95 £422.95 £425.95
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Champagne Salon Overview
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Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2004 is the thirty-ninth vintage of Salon in history. The 2004 season began with many growers still reeling from the previous year's heatwave. Throughout late spring and early summer, ideal weather conditions allowed the fruits to develop generously. A rare decision was taken by the Salon team to carry out a ‘vendage vert’ (green harvest) to thin the crop. However, conditions worsened in he run-up to harvest, with heavy rainfall and cold weather affecting the vines and threatening to undo the positive start to the season. Once again September was the saviour of the harvest, with consistent hot and sunny conditions allowing the grapes to develop an intriguing complexity and incredible ripeness. Just 42,000 bottles of Salon were produced in 2004.

Tasting note: 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.

Technical information:
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 7 g/l
Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs
Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Jun 2016
97+/100
“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.”
Julia Harding MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Apr 2016
18/20
“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)”
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Oct 2016
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92-96/100
“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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