1997 Salon - Le Mesnil

FRANCE / CHAMPAGNE /
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 58442-1997-750-1A
  • Burghound | Rating: 95

    No review available
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Subtle ginger, floral and citrus aromas build to flavors of lemon pie, honey and hazelnut. Elegant and refined, with a firm underlying structure and a long aftertaste. 1,667 cases imported.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 1997 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil possesses striking detail and depth in a surprisingly generous style for this wine. An inner core of perfumed varietal fruit emerges from the glass, along with expressive aromas of smoke, minerals, mint, flowers and licorice, all of which are woven together with extraordinary elegance. The finish is long, sweet and sublime. Everything about this wine speaks to elegance, but in 1997 Salon is also a pleasure to drink young, unlike the 1996 which remains painfully backward.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Will M.
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Dan McD
  • Self | Rating: 94

    excellant citrus and stone flavors
    Author: Mark Fox
  • Self | Rating:

    Sensational wine. Notes of honey and lime. Delicate and yet full of flavor. Enjoyed it while celebrating my husband's 50th birthday.
    Author: Bethfolio
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Tasting on the premise of Salon-Delamotte. Light gold in color. Slow legs. Lemon, Lime, Pear, Honeydew, Mineral, Acacia with a lot of white flowers. Medium/Full bodied. Silky texture. Medium finish. 1996 is better than 1997. But 1996 needs time to mature, so you'd drink 1997 before 1996. By the way, I tasted other champagne of Delamotte and I preferred Delamotte 1999 Blanc de Blancs to Salon 1997.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: hirok
With production focused on just one champagne, consistent premier quality is the necessary mantra. Such is the situation for Salon, located in the tiny, quiet village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the highly-vaunted Cote des Blancs region of Champagne. The champagne hails from a 2.5-acre vineyard wholly owned by Salon and from 19 smaller parcels within Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, all of which are Grand Cru vineyards that receive the rarest of ratings - 100%.

See other similar producers:Krug,Billecart-Salmon

Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 845 bottles owned
  • 118 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 118 collectors)