1990 Salon - Le Mesnil 750ml

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WS 97   IWC 93(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

Brilliant stuff. Vinous, with a patina of nutty maturity offset by a citrus- and honeysuckle-tinged freshness, all embraced by a taut, silky structure. The best is the finish, a kaleidoscope of biscuit, fig and walnut that goes on and on.

Drink Dates: 2001-2004
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($200) Rather deep copper color. Aromas of brown butter, toffee and walnut call to mind a dry oloroso sherry. Then large-scaled, rich, smooth and mouthfilling, with impressive concentration and a powerful impression of solidity. Shockingly fresh in the mouth following the mature aromas. In fact, this wine seemed to grow more vibrant as it opened in the glass. Finishes very rich and very long. This superrich vintage produced chardonnay with a tendency toward heaviness, but this wine is undeniably impressive. (Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, CA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 99

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: MikeA
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/17/2010
Stunningly rich and decadent. The bubbles are subtle at this point. Drank over the course of two hours through dinner and couldn't get enough of it.

Rating: 97
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/03/2008
Stunning! A deep honeyed color with tiny tiny bubbles. At first look, it appeared more like a still wine, but on the palate there was a ton of life. Flowers and honey is about what the nose and palate reminded me of with just enough bubbles to keep things exciting. What an amazing wine.

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Rating: 95
Author: hedben
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/10/2008
Drink Dates: 2020
Absoultely fantastic. Good acid will last long,very fresh ,long aftertaste. A very stable wine that will improve

Rating: 91
Author: MarcelB
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/11/2010
Much more developed than last bottle 2 yrs ago.Mid gold colour.Still high acid dominating fruit ,big mouth-filling style,perhaps better with food.

Rating: 88
Author: Thorpo
Tasted On: 06/05/2009
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Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

486 bottles owned by 157 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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