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Flickinger Wines USD 499.00 750ml

Salon Cuvee S le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc Sparkling France Champagne le Mesnil Sur Oger Chardonnay 1996

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Snooth User: Stephen Harvey
5.00 5

Probably the best Champagne I have ever drank, the toasty complexity and the exceptionally fine bead produce an outstanding drinking experience

Snooth User: Tudomir
5.00 5

I love champagne a lot, and Salon is my personal star. This super complex laser high acid wine when they are young, perfect with hot asian food or some nice fat cheese. My best vintage is from 1964 in 1981, it was not even expensive. General with all Champagne, let them take the air for 2-4 hours, they need it for the balance of the flavors. Expensive, yes but in my opinion it´s worth the money. Salon is rare and unique only 37 vintage in one century i think, and you lives only one.......

Snooth User: sparklingonline
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Five glasses

External Reviews for Salon Cuvee S le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc Sparkling France Champagne le Mesnil Sur Oger Chardonnay

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Salon is Champagne perfection-elegant, complex, powerful and only from the best vintages. Driven by a dedication towards greatness, Salon stands alone in Champagne.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The fabled Salon's latest release is much riper and softer than the great steely 1996 vintage. This suggests it is likely to be ready to drink soon. In the meantime, the acidity is supremely fresh, with grapefruit edges and green apple flavors. And then there is minerality and a tight, structured aftertaste as a reminder that this great Champagne is always going to be more than its fruit.

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A rich of tiny bubbles shoots through the intensely rich color of this '85, filling the glass with the most concentrated essence of Chardonnay grapes. Taste it and the effervescence is perfectly integrated into the savory, fresh aromatics. Close your eyes and the bubbles keep rising, firm, gripping the mineral flavors at the golden heart of the Champagne, lifting them and demanding attention for minutes after each sip... a mouth-altering and mind altering substance that will develop for years to come.

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