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1996 Salon - Le Mesnil 750ml
1996 Salon - Le Mesnil
France - Champagne / Grand Cru
White / Chardonnay
1996 Salon - Le Mesnil
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 129

($300) Green-tinged gold. Incredibly complex, intense bouquet of smoky, leesy orange, pear, licorice, minerals and bitter quinine. The superconcentrated citrus, quince and pear liqueur flavors convey an almost painful impression of extract and positively explode across the palate. Elegant, poised and precise in a manner rare for a wine with such flavor intensity. The vibrant, minerally, extremely long finish simply doesn't let up. This should age effortlessly for a decade or two. (Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, CA)

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WA
97+

Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 0309

This bottle of the 1996 Salon is like every other bottle I have had recently, which is to say tight, tight, tight. Still, this painfully unevolved, mineral-driven wine shows tons of potential in its floral, white fruits. In a recent tasting of the 1979 Champagnes, the Salon was one of the finest wines, but it needed several hours of air to open up. Although the 1996 is pure magic in a glass, it remains a wine for the exceedingly patient.

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RJ
92

Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin

It is always just as exciting and different to taste the first glass of a newly released vintage Salon. There is nothing that is as perky and acid, as almost painfully fresh and full of go. In the midst of this 96 which is as clear as a bell and razorsharp, there is a buttery layer of the highest class, as in a Clos du Mesnil. The journey has begun!

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson Issue: WS Advance

A deep, vinous style, with understated power and grace. The lemon verbena, toast and honey aromas and flavors are propelled by the well-integrated structure and fine bubbles. There's just a hint of greenness, marking its youthful impetuosity. Great length.

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Community Reviews

97

Alexander C229 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 09/19/2013 Drink Dates: 2008-2025

Still amazing, and even better than the 1996 Dom Perignon, in my opinion. Still relatively tight, with notes of minerals and a slight hint of green apples that has faded over time. Fabulous finish.

98

PLevensohn Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 05/29/2013 Drink Dates:

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

97

DIA Trust Rating: 38 Tasted On: 12/09/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2030

Minty, rich, still very young.

1 of 2 people found this review useful.

93

GrapesofWrath Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 05/24/2002

4 of 4 people found this review useful.

100

MikeA Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/23/2011

Stranded on an island? last bottle? this one. Beautiful chardonnay richness with citrus and mouth watering acidity. Might this go forever?

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

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