1985 Salon - Le Mesnil 750ml

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IWC 95(+?)   WS 95   RJ 93   Collector 100
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

Knockout aromas of lemon, lime, toffee, grilled nuts, nutmeg and minerals; conveys a strong impression of soil character. Great thickness and brightness in the mouth; offers a compelling combination of lemon and orange citricity and complex yeast autolysis notes, and near-perfect harmony of young and maturing elements. This outstanding, elegant Champagne shows an extraordinary creamy richness yet is still rather folded in on itself. Has the sheer structure and grip to develop in bottle for a decade or two. Finishes with great nutty length. (Wilson-Daniels, Inc., St. Helena, CA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 93

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

A wonderful, mature Champagne, offering toast, mushroom, honey and citrus aromas and flavors that evolve into a long walnut aftertaste. Its richness is offset by bracing acidity, yet not quite fully integrated. Full-bodied and aristocratic.

Drink Dates: 2000-2005
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 93

Some, including Salon itself, claim that the '85 is less developed than the '88. I claim the opposite, and question the decision to launch the vintages in reverse order. The phase the wine was in, just when the next vintage was about to be launched, was perhaps not terribly exciting, but already there was a range of mature tones in the form of licorice and a slight smokiness. At the start of the century's last year (1999) the peacock's tail had begun to unfold in all its glory. Having said that, it is a wine that I totally misjudged at the Millennium Tasting.

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: Will M.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/30/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Simply amazing. Dark apricot in color. For a 24 year old champagne, this still had quite a good amount of carbonation. The flavors were incredible. Lots of brioche and yeast, with just the slightest hint of bitternesss.

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

326 bottles owned by 106 collectors.

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About This Producer


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

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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