Salon Le Mesnil

Salon Le Mesnil 1997

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95/100 - A wine that just seems to go from strength to strength is Salon's 1997 Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut. The Maison kept back large stocks that they have gradually been disgorging over the last half-dozen years—it's still a commercial release and well worth seeking out. From a bottle disgorged in 2020, the wine wafts from the glass with scents of honeycomb, white flowers and orange rind, complemented by hints of burnt marmalade and exotic fruit. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's notably taut and chiseled for the vintage, with racy acids and a beautifully expressive mid-palate. This is really beginning to drink with real grace, and if it doesn't hit quite the same heights as the best bottles of 1996 Salon, I have found the 1997 notably more consistent. I suppose it was picked a touch early, given the botrytis pressure in 1997, but time is being very kind to this wine. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate 

95/100 - One of the surprises in this vertical, the 1997 Salon is super-polished, delicate and refined. The 1997 offers lovely detail and nuance throughout. Hints of candied lemon peel, white flowers and white pepper add an element of brightness that complements the wine's natural richness. Although 1997 doesn't belong to the group of elite vintages at Salon, it does come close to that level. Perhaps even more importantly, the 1997 is aging gracefully and should continue to drink nicely for a number of years. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

18/20 - Very expressive with attractive and not excessive chewiness. Herbs and flowers and almost like the biodynamic wild-flower effect. Great spread of aromas and quite a tight texture. Real concentration. Easy to love. Still some chew. - Jancis Robinson MW

97/100 - Mild temperatures and extreme cold alternated throughout both winter and spring. A hot and dry summer led to a harvest that commenced on 22 September. Citrussy fruit, including pomelo and lemon, as well as spices and floral scents, suffuse the nose. Rich and dense mouthfeel on the attack giving way to a precise, crystalline texture. Purity, elegance and freshness characterise this magnificent Champagne now at full maturity. - Yohan Castaing, Decanter

97/100 - This is Edition 2020 of 1997, late disgorged in 2020. Showing complex and mature notes of toasted brioche, walnuts, dried mangoes, figs, white chocolate and salted lemons. Vivid and lively on the palate, developing an oily character while remaining light-footed and elegant. Bright bubbles, still. Deliciously long and salty finish. Drink now or hold. - James Suckling


Champagne Salon makes some of the region’s rarest and most collectable Champagnes. The house is dedicated to one wine – a vintage Blanc de Blancs entirely from the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, produced only in the finest years.

The 1997 is complex and ethereal with hints of acacia blossom, green apple, hazelnut and warm bread. The palate is all at once exuberant yet tensile and delicate yet powerful – the epitome of balanced complexity.
SKU: 03ES97M
Bottle Size: 150CL
ABV: 13.5%
Vintage: 1997

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