1995 Salon - Le Mesnil 750ml

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Drink Dates: 2004-2016
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

This is assertive and grainy in texture, a big-boned Champagne that's powerful and intensely flavored. Biscuit, graphite, honeysuckle, peach and floral notes come together, defined by the firm structure, and last throughout the complex finish. Needs a little more time for the elements to harmonize. 500 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2005-2018
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($242) Pale straw, with gold highlights. Leesy, buttery aromas of honey, orange and toast. Toffee apple, fresh apricot and exotic papaya flavors are accented by dense truffle and smoke. Possesses a wonderfully supple texture and good heft but there's ample acidity to keep it fresh and bright. Finishes spicy, firm and long. This will age well. This cuvee is a recent disgorgement, done in May of this year. (Wilson Daniels, St. Helena, CA)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 123

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 92

Tasting these wines without dosage and newly disgorged, before they have come onto the market, is almost like being subjected to barrel sample. I might change my mind about this wine because it will most likely go through a metamorphosis in coming years. At the age of six and a half, this is a refreshing, mountain-stream-pure experience, with sharp apple acidity and bone-dry, almost stony mineral character. Such complexity takes many years to build up. Directly after adding the dosage the wine quickly became more accessible. At the end of 2003 this seems to be a creamy, elegant, and very charming Champagne in modern style. We'll have to wait a long time before the baby fat dries up and the nutty and autumn-scented complexity takes over.

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

571 bottles owned by 211 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%.

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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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