Salon Blanc De Blanc le Mesnil Champagne 2004 Vintage 75cl
Salon Blanc De Blanc le Mesnil Champagne 2004 Vintage is only the 39th 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 2004 growing season in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger led to an even smaller harvest than usual at Salon.
The 2004 vintage displays all the qualities expected of Salon : complexity, purity, freshness. But beyond this, there is a sense of serenity, promising many years of anticipation before the wine reaches its ineffable peak. Like a volcano, deceptively still, Champagne Salon 2004 gives a quiet taste of the future, while affirming its power even now. Its lively clean attack, intense freshness and minerality do not belie the wine’s aromatic promise : impressive for its notes of minerals, gunflint, stones, smoked tea leaves, the touch of mint ; redolent of the ocean with its iodine, seaweed tang. Taut and edgy in the mouth, the wine is all purity and fine acidity. Magnificent and saline, this great white wine, even now in its youth, gives a glimpse of chardonnay’s rich potential with its brioche, warm bread and fresh yeast characters. The wine becomes rounder as it airs in the glass, revealing a beautiful vinosity, the curve counter-balancing its acidity to perfection. And on the finish, the merest hint of bitterness, the signature of so many truly great wines.
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.Read more...
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Score: 98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com October 2016
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.
Taut and crystalline in the mouth, the wine is clean as a blade with a tonic, saline edge; its mousse creamy yet somehow simultaneously weightless, all-enveloping and almost implausibly fine. In the glass, with air and time, the wine shows a hint of its future potential: smooth, toned chardonnay curve, layering delicate pear fruit, soft brioche, fresh yeast. All purity and tension, grace and poise, this is a serene and classic Salon, more approachable now than many vintages, and with a lengthy future ahead.
Scallops, sweetbreads with a small piece of molten parmesan, light fish dishes simply served.
Oysters, lobster, pheasant, capon with light mushroom sauce and dark rice.
|ABV (% vol)||12|
|Style||Blanc de Blancs|
|Champagne Village||Le Mesnil-sur-Oger|
|Champagne Producer Type||Grand Marque|
|Closure||Cork and Cage|