Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, France
Managing Director: Didier Depond

Salon is a unique Champagne. With the emphasis of producing an exceptional singular wine. The idea of one single man, Aimé Salon; crafted from one single region, the Côte de Blancs; from one single cru, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; from one single grape varietal, Chardonnay; and from one single vintage, with no blending of reserve wine. This Champagne is sourced from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon: known as ‘Salon’s garden'.

 

Along with 19 other smaller parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger, originally chosen by Aimé Salon at the beginning of the 20th century. The wines are aged for an average of 10 years, gaining complexity and finesse. Today the house of Salon along with its ancient neighbour Champagne Delamotte (founded in 1760); are directed by one man, Didier Depond.
Salon 2002 is the first vintage of the 21st century. This wine has a perfect balanced of feminine and masculine characters, along with its natural audacity giving it an alluring personality. Salon par excellence, the essence of Salon, with its chalky minerality, waves of floral scents, subtle notes of brioche, a firm hit of acidity and seemingly endless elegant bubbles. The 2002 harvest began in mid-September, with the chardonnay grapes at just the right yields, a reflection of their terroir, with each berry being rich and powerful.
While approachable now, it retains a youthful spirit and energy, and a youthful grace that will never fade. Salon is a masterpiece of balance and elegance, exploding like fireworks on the palate in a blaze of pale gold, with the faintest lime shimmer. The nose is complex, with blossom and the merest hint of honey-dew and lifted citrus notes. This complexity increases on the palate with those aromatic characters along with a mineral seam and subtle spice. It is full bodied though retaining its natural agility, lightness and freshness. The palate is incredibly fine, long and focused, packed with energy yet restrained and poised with a gloriously long finish. Chill gently and serve at 10-12°C.

A wine of refinement, precision and balance.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will age nicely over the coming 18-20 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with crayfish, lobster, scallop carpaccio, truffle risotto, turkey, Bresse chicken, also homemade cheesecake and fresh fruit desserts, enjoy.