Salon Blanc de Blancs le Mesnil 1997

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"The 1997 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil possesses striking detail and depth in a surprisingly generous style for thi...

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Every time we taste this, we love it more. A high-volume, high-intensity wine that pulls out all the stops to get the most fruit and vanilla flavor... Read more

An enormously complex and rich wine that almost defies description. Golden apples, raisins and pears; bread, cream, vanilla, honey and nuts. The li... Read more

Brilliant stuff. Vinous, with a patina of nutty maturity offset by a citrus- and honeysuckle-tinged freshness, all embraced by a taut, silky struct... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Every time we taste this, we love it more. A high-volume, high-intensity wine that pulls out all the stops to get the most fruit and vanilla flavors. Fine in acidity and long on the finish. A Cellar Selection in December 1991. At its peak; drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

An enormously complex and rich wine that almost defies description. Golden apples, raisins and pears; bread, cream, vanilla, honey and nuts. The list goes on and on. Full and rich; the mousse is extremely fine and creamy-textured in the mouth. Drinking beautifully now, it will probably hold another ten years or more. Even better than a bottle reviewed last year.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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 now through 2004.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Opens with strong bread dough and yeast aromas, with bright citrus (lemon), straw, mushroom and herb notes. Tastes powerful and complex. Very fine mousse; silky and velvety. Clean, complex, austere. Still very young and needs time.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The latest release from Salon, this just explodes in the mouth with mineral, steel and flint. The tiny mousse has flavors of yeast and just a touch of toast. It is rich, but so austere and structured. Like many Salon Champagnes, this will age for 20 years or more.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 1997 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil possesses striking detail and depth in a surprisingly generous style for this wine. An inner core of perfumed varietal fruit emerges from the glass, along with expressive aromas of smoke, minerals, mint, flowers and licorice, all of which are woven together with extraordinary elegance. The finish is long, sweet and sublime. Everything about this wine speaks to elegance, but in 1997 Salon is also a pleasure to drink young, unlike the 1996 which remains painfully backward. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2027.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A deep, vinous style, with understated power and grace. The lemon verbena, toast and honey aromas and flavors are propelled by the well-integrated structure and fine bubbles. There's just a hint of greenness, marking its youthful impetuosity. Has great length. Best from 2010 through 2030.


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Winemaker's Notes:

"The 1997 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil possesses striking detail and depth in a surprisingly generous style for this wine. An inner core of perfumed varietal fruit emerges from the glass, along with expressive aromas of smoke, minerals, mint, flowers and licorice, all of which are woven together with extraordinary elegance. The finish is long, sweet and sublime. Everything about this wine speaks to elegance, but in 1997 Salon is also a pleasure to drink young, unlike the 1996 which remains painfully backward. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2027...95" WA 12/08

"The 1997 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil possesses striking detail and depth in a surprisingly generous style for this wine. An inner core of perfumed varietal fruit emerges from the glass, along with expressive aromas of smoke, minerals, mint, flowers and licorice, all of which are woven together with extraordinary elegance. The finish is long, sweet and sublime. Everything about this wine speaks to elegance, but in 1997 Salon is also a pleasure to drink young, unlike the 1996 which remains painfully backward. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2027...95" WA 12/08

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