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Salon Blanc de Blancs Brut Le Mesnil

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne | 1997 / 750 ml.

RP95ST93SP93WE96

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Where it's produced

Country:
France
Region:
Champagne

What's in the Bottle

100% Chardonnay

Product Details

Type:
Sparkling Wine
Brand:
Salon
Size:
750 ml.
Vintage:
1997
Item #:
10221
Case:
12 bottles
Status:
New

Salon Blanc de Blancs Brut Le Mesnil | Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne  1997 / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

96
96 pts.: December 1, 2010

The pure essence of limestone, this vintage is maturing into the grandeur of a great Le Mesnil Champagne while remaining fresh and lively. It offers rich lemon curd and baked apple flavors, chalky power and gravitas without weight. The flavors remain impacted below the limestone earthiness, the wine’s structure and balance suited to extended aging.

96
96 pts.: 12/1/2008

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.

95
95 pts.: October 31, 2010

The radiant green-gold color of this wine matches the golden yellow and white peach savor of its fruit. As is typical of the Salon style, this is youthful on release, with acidity that tightens around its bold flavors and restricts the expansion of the layers of those flavors. In the end, this is all about earthiness, as if digging a tunnel through limestone. Profound in balance, complexity and minerality as well as persistence on the palate.

95
95 pts.: 1st Dec 2008

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.

95
95 pts.: December 1, 2009

The radiant green-gold color of this wine matches the golden yellow and white peach savor of its fruit. As is typical of the Salon style, this is youthful on release, with acidity that tightens around its bold flavors and restricts the expansion of the layers of those flavors. In the end, this is all about earthiness, as if digging a tunnel through limestone. Profound in balance, complexity and minerality as well as persistence on the palate.

93
93 pts.: Nov/Dec 2008

Light yellow with a slow bead. Deeply perfumed nose displays waxy orchard and pit fruit scents, along with toasty lees, woodsmoke and wet stone. Weighty pear and yellow peach flavors are given a bitter edge by fruit skin and quinine qualities, picking up salty minerals on the back end. Finishes with firm grip and powerful echoes of minerals and pear skin. This is already beginning to show complexity.

93
93 pts.: Dec 15, 2009

A mix of freshness and maturity, this bubbly offers lemon, toasted brioche and ginger flavors, with a hint of coffee. Builds on the palate, with a mineral note underneath. Sleek and finely textured, almost creamy even, with a crisp, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2025.

91
91 pts.: Dec 15, 2010

A delicate Champagne, with hints of honey and smoke winding through the apple pastry, orange peel and toast flavors. This is well-integrated, but the lively acidity still has the edge on the graphite-laced finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.