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Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 2007

Disgorgement in Autumn 2021

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Description & Technical Information
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Champagne's finest and rarest Blanc de Blancs, Salon is the legacy of Eugène-Aimé Salon who devoted his life to creating the perfect pure-Chardonnay champagne setting up the Maison in 1911. Salon is always made from Chardonnay grapes grown in a one hectare plot at the back of the Maison, "The Salon Garden" and 19 other plots on the deep chalk soils of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The apparent simplicity of this formula belies the challenges inherent in creating a wine of Salon’s complexity.

The 2007 vintage is the 41st Salon to be released from this tiny champagne house in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Blanc de blancs in its purest form, the wine bears all the hallmarks of a classic Salon – the unmistakeable bone structure, the delicate-decadent fragrance, the elegance belying power beneath. The 2007 also marks the last vintage for some time to be released in the 75cl bottle format.

Weather: Mostly a warm year, 2007 was characterised by unexpected major weather events. A warm spring was followed by a cool summer, although the end of the ripening process was excellent, with harvests taking place in ideal conditions. At Salon, as the uncertain season reached full term, the grapes attained perfect ripeness. The musts were rich yet not excessive in sugar levels, with fine, incisive acids to balance.

Didier Depond, the inimitable President of Champagne Salon, has called Salon 2007 ‘une lumiere vive’ – a shining light – and there is indeed a radiant, uplifting quality to this vintage.

Salon is typically released at 10-12 years following the harvest. On release Salon is “fruit forward” and expressive, often “closing down” for anything from 3 to 10 years. It is after this time Salon really shines, the racy mineral freshness seem lessened and the fruit develops more than primary fruit character into an exquisite champagne with freshness, complexity & an abundance of dried fruits, especially orange, lemon and dried grass. There is no established “late disgorgement” program at Salon, a small numbers of bottles are often released at later dates like this parcel disgorged in the autumn of 2021. Confusingly the “late disgorged” bottles are labelled as normal so you would need to use our invoice and rotation codes in your bond to keep track of these. With longer lees ageing the late release Salon’s have a more “fresh profile” than the original release and will be more textural on the palate.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 13 Years
Disgorged: Autumn 2021
Dosage: 4 g/l
Drink: Now to 2050+

Tasting Note: Familiar characteristics of Salon are present with the scent of jasmine, warm brioche and the signature twist of ginger. The complex flavours on the palate, tropical fruits and a creamy mousse mouthfeel feel. Given a few more years, this will become more open and forward, Salon given time is very rewarding.
Champagne Salon Overview
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged January (‘Edition’) 2019. Dosage 5 g/l. (First release was disgorged 2017.) Didier Depond: ‘this vintage was pure light’. Picked from 30 August.
Transparency with a really round undertow. No longer the piercing quality of Le Mesnil but something much more accommodating. Tight bead and intricate crochet work but with lift and great freshness.”
97/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2007 Salon (Edition 2019) is just starting to show the first signs of aromatic development and nuance, as well as a touch more body than it did upon release. Rich, creamy and ample, with stunning textural richness and freshness, the 2007 is incredibly expressive today, certainly much more so than it was upon release. The 2007 is a dark horse Salon that keeps getting better with time. This is a fabulous showing. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: January, 2019. ”
96/100
Antonio Galloni
“ The 2007 Salon is gorgeous. Weightless, delicate and understated, the 2007 is all class. Today, the 2007 reminds me of the 2004 in its bright, citrus and floral-infused profile, but with a bit more creaminess, mid-palate depth and softer contours, all of which will make the 2007 easy to drink with minimal cellaring. Next to the 2006, the 2007 is quite a bit fresher and more delineated, with none of exuberance, power of tropically-leaning overtones found in its younger sibling. At this stage, the 2007 is a bit inward and closed in on itself. Then again, it is Salon. This is another terrific showing from Salon and the team headed by President Didier Depond. Dosage is 5 grams per liter.”
96/100
William Kelley
“The 2007 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil is showing very well, unwinding in the glass with scents of citrus pith, smoke, crisp green apple, Anjou pear, white flowers and subtle hints of fresh herbs. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and incisive, it's fine-boned and precise, with a bright spine of acidity, an elegantly fleshy core of fruit and a pretty, pinpoint mousse. Like the other vintages of Salon reviewed here, this bottle was disgorged in January 2019.”
News Articles
  1. Champagne Salon: The 43 Vintages from 1905-2012

    Champagne Salon: The 43 Vintages from 1905-2012

    January 18, 2022

    Produced on average only three times per decade, there have been just 43 vintages of Salon released from this tiny house in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger since the very first in 1905. Here we list all of the vintages produced in the history of this famous house.
  2. New: Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 2012

    New: Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 2012

    January 13, 2022

    The 2012 vintage is the 43rd Salon to be released from this tiny house in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and will be available in late January 2022, with magnums to follow later in the year.
  3. Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 2008

    Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 2008

    September 29, 2019

    Not many champagnes are as eagerly anticipated as Salon 2008. Produced only in magnums (just 8,000 were made) and exclusively available as part of a specially designed wooden case, the ultimate rarity just got rarer. We met president Didier Depond in June to find out more.
  4. Single Vineyard Champagne: Fad or Future?

    Single Vineyard Champagne: Fad or Future?

    January 19, 2019

    Since the early 21st century, a quiet revolution has been occurring in Champagne, and the ever-burgeoning demand for artisanal, hand-crafted cuvées continues to flourish. What are the origins of single vineyard champagnes, why are they so popular, and are they a fad or the future?
  5. Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 2006

    Champagne Salon Blanc de Blancs 2006

    August 1, 2017

    Last month, the tiny yet ultra-prestigious Champagne Salon released their latest vintage: Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 2006. Just the 40th release since its inception in 1905, this is another seriously rare cuvée with outstanding ageing potential. Read tasting notes and more info here.
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