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Champagne Salon<br />2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil<br>France

Champagne Salon
2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil
France

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TYPE Brut - Sparkling
REGION Champagne | France
GRAPES Chardonnay
APPELLATION Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
99 points, Decanter |
98 points, James Suckling |
97 points, Wine Spectator |
97 points, Vinous |
95 points, Wine Spectator |
About the Wine
Critic Reviews
99 points, Decanter
“Offering up an elegant yet bright bou- quet, this 2014 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs opens in the glass with orchard fruits, verbena, lemon zest, pastry, and slightly reductive aromas. Chis- elled and perfectly balanced, the pal- ate is lively and intense, and expresses clearly the fruit and the straightfor- ward nature of the 2014 vintage. Should age well for a decade or so. Drinking Window 2021 - 2025.”

98 points, James Suckling
“This starts off tightly knit, but opens up to aromas of chalk, biscuit, lemon pith and jasmine, then turning to apri- cot, tangerine peel, pastries and cham- omile. Dried apple and hints of mint, dried spice and juniper, too. It’s layered and refined with wonderful complexi- ty. Well-integrated mousse and acid- ity here, making it so approachable already. Evolves and builds. Drink or hold.”

97 points, Vinous
“The 2012 Salon is absolutely gorgeous. It offers a beguiling mix of radiance and energy that seems to capture a little bit of elements of some of its older siblings. The expression of fruit is radiant and quite overt, but without reaching the tropical exuberance of the 2006. In shape, the 2012 recalls the mid-weight style of 2007 with the freshness of 2008, but not quite the youthful austerity of that wine. If that sounds like an appealing combination, well it is. The 2012 Salon is all harmony and class.”

97 points, Wine Spectator
“The 2012 Salon is absolutely gorgeous. It offers a beguiling mix of radiance and energy that seems to capture a little bit of elements of some of its older siblings. The expression of fruit is radiant and quite overt, but without reaching the tropical exuberance of the 2006. In shape, the 2012 recalls the mid-weight style of 2007 with the freshness of 2008, but not quite the youthful austerity of that wine. If that sounds like an appealing combination, well it is. The 2012 Salon is all harmony and class.”

95 points, Wine Spectator
Like white Burgundy with bubbles, this fine-knit version has a spine of vibrant acidity and a minerally oyster shell overtone, with the plush mousse carrying a delicate mesh of yellow plum, pickled ginger, Marcona almond and dried white cherry flavors that lingers on the racy finish. Drink now through 2035. 5,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. — AN

About The Winery
Salon is a unique Champagne. All the emphasis in the production of this exceptional wine is on the singular. It was originally the product of one single man, Aimé Salon; from one single region, the Côte de Blancs; from one single cru, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; from one single grape variety, Chardonnay; and from one single vintage, with no blending whatsoever. Created in 1911 with its first vintage in 1905, Champagne Salon is the creation of Aimé Salon, a champagne connoisseur enchanted then seduced by the terroir of Le Mesnil. Headed by Salon until his death in 1943, the house was then left to his nephew. In 1988, Champagne Laurent-Perrier, a family-owned company, became the majority shareholder of Champagne Salon. Today, the house of Salon, along with its ancient neighbor and sister, Champagne Delamotte (the 5th oldest Champagne house, founded in 1760) are directed by one man, Didier Depond. At each step of the production of Salon, a conscientious effort is made to be the best, the most beautiful and the rarest, thus allowing fervent admirers of Salon to taste a perfectly balanced Champagne, with rich and complex aromas.

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