Salon Cuvee 'S' Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France - 2002

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Winemaker's Notes
Salon 2002 is what we French might call "une belle ame" – a noble soul, the soul of Champagne Salon. Salon 2002 is the very essence of Salon, representing everything Salon has ever stood for. Its self-assurance and power give it the poise of a ballerina. Its mellow golden color; lively, delicate nose; the palate exploding with flavors of honeyed orange flower, candied citrus fruits and madeleine buns fresh from the oven. On tasting, the wine feels simultaneously rich and restrained, the complexity of the aromas and flavors almost precision-engineered. Salon in heart and soul.

The Salon 2002 will pair perfectly with scallops, sweetbreads with a small piece of molten parmesan, light fish dishes simply served. Oysters, lobster, pheasant, capon with light mushroom sauce and dark rice.

100 points Wine Enthusiast
  The 35th and most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable and magnificent. Made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Les Mesnil-sur-Oger, it combines intense minerality, a crisp textured core and the beginnings of maturity. The depths of this wine, with its layers of fruit and steeliness, are superb. Even after 12 years, it still needs to age further. Drink from 2018. Cellar Selections.    (12/ 2014)


98 points Wine Spectator
  Ethereal, with a refined, delicate mousse and a haunting array of flavors, from the vein of chalky minerality to ripe pastry fruit to a skein of spice and richer accents of spun honey, creamed almond and fleur de sel. The finely meshed acidity is racy and persistent, pushing the flavor range on the long, lacy finish. Lovely. Drink now through 2032.    (9/ 2014)


96 points Antonio Galloni
  The 2002 Salon is utterly mesmerizing. I have tasted the 2002 six or seven times since its release and even during those two months or so the wine has developed quite dramatically, as some of the exuberance that was present at the outset has begun to recede, revealing the wine's intense underlying minerality. The 2002 is a huge, dense wine loaded with fruit. All of the classic Salon citrus, slate and floral notes are present, but it is the wine's superb textural richness that stands out most. Even though I have not followed my own advice, I suggest readers to plan on cellaring the 2002 for a good number of years. Because of its density and depth, I expect the 2002 will develop into a fairly exotic, voluptuous Champagne, within the context of Salon, of course. I also suggest keeping an eye out for the magnums, which are sure to disappear from the market pretty much the minute they arrive.    (5/ 2014)

 

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