Salon 'S' Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut Chardonnay 2004

$399

98 points - rare release                   Extremely limited opportunity on one of the most sought-after Champagnes in the world. 98 Points James Suckling:  "2004 Salon weaves together immense complexity with stunning purity and makes instant impact on the nose with fresh-baked pastry and brioche, chalky minerals, fresh white mushroom, cucumber, lemon curd and striking lemon and lime citrus fruits. The palate has an almost smoky mineral thread, toasty autolytic flavors build and expand through the mid-palate, opening to grapefruit and ripe white peach flavours, lemon sorbet and very lightly grilled hazelnuts to close. This is an impressively layered Blanc de Blancs in which bright acidity supports the flavorsome, concentrated and fleshy texture in seamless balance. A great Salon, very composed and complex in every respect, a classically styled vintage in which this legendary Champagne has excelled. It will be a fascinatingly complex Champagne with further age. Drink now and for 10+ years." 97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "The 2004 Salon has been superb each time I have tasted it over the last year or so. Bright, tense and crystalline, with all of the energy that is typical of both Salon and the vintage in the Côte des Blancs, the 2004 bristles with superb precision and cool, pulsating minerality. The 2004 spent a dozen years on its lees. Over the last six months or so, it has gradually begun to open up, but it is very much a wine for the cellar. Two thousand four is remembered as a vintage with record high yields. Salon (and Delamotte) did a terrific job in keeping the vines well balanced. Production was just 46,000 bottles, as opposed to the 60,000 or so that is more typical. Chef de Caves Michel Fauconnet opted for a low dosage of just 4 grams per liter. This is a tremendous showing." Only 62,000 bottles of this, the 40th vintage of Salon's Blanc de Blancs were made. This exceptional vintage bottling comes from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon called "Salon's garden," along with 19 other smaller parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger that were chosen by Aimé Salon back at the beginning of the 20th century. It was cellared in bottle for at least 10 years.

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind. What a total treat. My second glass of this was very different from the first glass. At first, I was getting a lot of honeyed tropical fruits with a good bit of yeast, but then it was more bright, and had caramelized Granny Smith apple notes and classic chalky limestone. This is right down the middle in terms of reductive vs oxidative. I wish I could have enjoyed this all on its own to give it the attention it deserved. I guessed this was ‘06 Le Mesnil.

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind. What a total treat. My second glass of this was very different from the first glass. At first, I was getting a lot of honeyed tropical fruits with a good bit of yeast, but then it was more bright, and had caramelized Granny Smith apple notes and classic chalky limestone. This is right down the middle in terms of reductive vs oxidative. I wish I could have enjoyed this all on its own to give it the attention it deserved. I guessed this was ‘06 Le Mesnil.

9.6

Shawn R Delectable Pro

I think this was the fourth bottle we sabered during the evening. So fresh and clean. I got tart pineapple and grilled nuts from both the nose and palate. Wanted to try this for sometime, thanks @Mike R

I think this was the fourth bottle we sabered during the evening. So fresh and clean. I got tart pineapple and grilled nuts from both the nose and palate. Wanted to try this for sometime, thanks @Mike R

9.5

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

A deep pull by @Mike R and a profound treat. Darker in the glass than expected. Noticeable depth and power accompanied by honeyed toast points, advanced yellow pear and a really round and inviting mouthfeel.

A deep pull by @Mike R and a profound treat. Darker in the glass than expected. Noticeable depth and power accompanied by honeyed toast points, advanced yellow pear and a really round and inviting mouthfeel.

9.4

Seth Morgen Long Delectable Pro

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

Chalk full of energy. Love the purity and vibrancy of Salon. This is just a baby, and will only get better.

Chalk full of energy. Love the purity and vibrancy of Salon. This is just a baby, and will only get better.

9.5

Connor McMahon Delectable Pro

I asked my wife what wine she wanted at the hospital for our first.... You see her answer! From last Friday 7/20/18. Welcome to the world Maeve

I asked my wife what wine she wanted at the hospital for our first.... You see her answer! From last Friday 7/20/18. Welcome to the world Maeve

10

Chris Morgan Delectable Pro

Sommelier The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Magnum!

Magnum!

9.4

Nathaniel DiMaggio Delectable Pro

Delicious! Everything a great Champagne should be....

Delicious! Everything a great Champagne should be....

9.0

Brandon Jamieson Delectable Pro

Tasting room Lead/Wine Educator/Sommelier at The Winemakers Studio at Wente Vineyards

Whoa! Best champagne that I've had to date! Creamy,rich mouthfeel, acidity keeps going and going.

Whoa! Best champagne that I've had to date! Creamy,rich mouthfeel, acidity keeps going and going.

10

Elsie W Delectable Pro

Alcoholic Beverages General Sales Manager, Safeway

Only 4 months on the market and has great potential. Great on the nose with subtle notes of grapefruit. High minerality and tiny bubbles.

Only 4 months on the market and has great potential. Great on the nose with subtle notes of grapefruit. High minerality and tiny bubbles.

9.4

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Lean/clean/mean, need to see this in 10yrs, but love so much the acidity of '04, I'd decant & come back to it in 2 hours...

Lean/clean/mean, need to see this in 10yrs, but love so much the acidity of '04, I'd decant & come back to it in 2 hours...

9.6

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