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Top Vintages Produced:
1928, 1949, 1964, 1971, 1976, 1988, 1995, 1996
Salon Cuvée S
Champagne Salon was founded by Eugène-Aimé Salon. He bought his first vineyard, Le Jardin Salon, which
covered just a single hectare, in 1905. The vineyard is located in Mesnil-Sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs
region. Since the first vintage in 1905, there have only ever been 37 vintages produced. Unlike many other
luxury-cuvée Champagnes, Salon is only made in what are considered the most outstanding years. (read more)
The key message of Salon is that it is singular. It was created by
one man, using a single grape variety, from a single region, in a single year, resulting in a single great Champagne
- Salon’s Cuvée S. The Chardonnay grapes all come from Grand Cru vineyards in Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs.
Today, Laurent-Perrier, a family-owned company, is the majority shareholder of Champagne Salon. Champagne Delamotte
is its sister house and both houses are run by Didier Depond.
Viticulture and Vinification
The fruit used to produce Salon comes from Le Jardin Salon vineyard as well as 19 other parcels in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Each year, as is stipulated in the Champagne appellation regulations, the harvest is hand-picked. Due to the extreme
quality level that is expected of Salon, this is done with special care. The fruit is then transported to the winery
and although fermentation was once performed in oak foudres, it is now carried out in stainless steel tanks.
Post-fermentation, Champagne Salon goes through an extended period of lees ageing, for an average of 10 years, which
contributes to both the wine’s great complexity and its ability to age.
Order top vintages of Salon
- Salon Vintage 1996: (97+ AG)
"The 1996 Salon is yet another wine that is maturing splendidly. Once focused to the point of being painfully austere and angular,
today the 1996 Salon has begun to soften and fill out. My latest bottles have been rich, generous and totally compelling in every way. " – Antonio Galloni,
The Wine Advocate
- Salon Vintage 1995 : (96 WS)
"…a big-boned Champagne that's powerful and intensely flavored. Biscuit, graphite, honeysuckle, peach and floral notes come
together, defined by the firm structure, and last throughout the complex finish. Needs a little more time for the elements to harmonize. " – Bruce Sanderson,
- Salon Vintage 1988 : (96 WS)
"A laser beam. Beautifully focused, intense and densely flavored with lime, honey and chanterelles in butter. So
rich it's almost too much, but the vibrant acidity keeps everything in check and driving through the long finish. " – Bruce Sanderson,