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Salon Blanc De Blanc le Mesnil Champagne 2002 Vintage 75cl

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Salon Blanc De Blanc le Mesnil Champagne 2002 Vintage is only the 38th vintage ever released from this iconic and tiny champagne house – it bears all Salon’s hallmarks: the purity and precision, the poise and the perfume. It is also extremely rare: the 2002 growing season in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger led to an even smaller harvest than usual at Salon.

In Champagne, particularly in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, weather conditions were notably unsettled, swinging between cool and warm, rain and dry : but no harsh frosts, no evastating downpours, and almost no hail. As a result the vines could not have been healthier. Pollen measurements at flowering indicated an abundant harvest – possibly too abundant – with bunches gaining weight fast. Would quality be up to scratch? While cautious growers thinned the crop, the issue resolved itself naturally as summer progressed, beautiful warm days concentrating the fruit and restoring perfect balance. The harvest began in mid-September, the 16th in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in a cool snap with bright blue skies. The chardonnay grapes, harvested at just the right yields, turned out to be rich and powerful, every grape a reflection of its conditions. Add to this the human element – supreme effort, artistry, love – and the result is a wine of refinement, precision, balance; glinting, captivating like a samurai sword. For the image of battle could not be more apposite given the audacity and power, serene tension and selfassurance present in this 2002 vintage. .

This Champagne is produced from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon: "Salon’s garden", and from 19 other smaller parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger, chosen by Aimé Salon at the beginning of the century.The wines are cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse. Nestled in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, 100% Chardonnay and 100% grand cru, this is the king of Champagne vineyards. It is here that the most profound expression of Chardonnay's delicate freshness truly comes to the fore, where magnanimous nature offers a wine that is purity itself. 

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Pairs well with…

  • Duck
  • Fungi
  • Parmesan
  • Rice
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
Grape: Chardonnay
Made from 100% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs grand cru vineyard, Le Mesnil-surOger. The densely planted vines are located on the mid-slope in chalky soil, and the Cordon de Royat method of trellising is used, which allows access to the soil at the base of the vines.
The grapes are picked and sorted by hand. Only the first pressing, or cuvée, is used. This is the lightest, freshest juice, containing the highest percentage of acidity, which is essential to the evolution and vivacity of the Champagne. The first fermentation takes place in a stainless steel tank. The wine receives no oak exposure and does not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine is cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse. Riddling is done by hand. All bottles are disgorged within 8 months of the first disgorgement, also by hand.
It is pale gold in hue with hints of green. The nose is complex - orange flowers with the merest hint of honey-dew, candied citrus notes, madeleine buns warm from the oven. The palate is inordinately fine, long and straight as an arrow, bridling with energy yet restrained and precisely poised. Like the blade of a samurai sword as it slices clean through a stem, the flower soaring high, then falling softly through the air. Salon 2002 is a great romantic, but also armed for battle! Its strength and audacity give it the balance of a classical dancer.
Serve slightly chilled between 54° and 59°F.
Timeless classic dishes are the way to go for this creamy, suggestive champagne, this quintessence of Champagne Salon. Simple yet refined dishes such as lobster bisque, a Bresse chicken in cream, scallop carpaccio, truffle risotto, veal baked with morilles mushrooms, seabass in a salt crust.
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Brand Salon
Country France
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 12
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Style Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Expression Brioche, Complex, Citrus
Champagne Village Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Champagne Producer Type Grand Marque
Closure Cork and Cage
Champagne Crus Grand Cru
Champagne Grape Chardonnay
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