The Friday Bubble – Review of Salon Blanc de Blancs 1996 Late Disgorged Autumn 2021 with Essi Avellan MW and Nick Baker TFB Founder

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This weeks edition of The Friday Bubble, Salon Blanc de Blancs 1996 Late Disgorged Autumn 2021. This 1996 Blanc de Blancs is Salon’s 35th vintage from 100% Chardonnay (you can read about all the vintages here); 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.
99/100 Antonio Galloni
“The 1996 Salon is just dazzling. It needs a good bit of air to fully open up, but the 1996 Salon is simply a mesmerizing Champagne that sizzles with energy, cut and total precision. A second bottle later in the week was every bit as compelling. When the 1996 is on, it is just about as great as Champagne gets. ”