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1996 Salon - Le Mesnil Chardonnay - France - Champagne - White - Grand Cru

France - Champagne

White Chardonnay - Grand Cru
Producer Notes

With production focused on just one champagne, consistent premier quality is the necessary mantra. Such is the situation for Salon, located in the tiny, quiet village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the highly-vaunted Cote des Blancs region of Champagne. The champagne hails from a 2.5-acre vineyard wholly owned by Salon and from 19 smaller parcels within Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, all of which are Grand Cru... More »

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Comm: 2011-2025 VF: 2005-2019
6 for sale

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 129
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Source Richard Juhlin
Author Todd W59
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/09/2014
Drink Dates 2014-2020

Opened, poured and drank over 1.5 hours. Beautiful light to medium yellow/golden color. On the nose some citrus and the beginnings of secondary aromas of roasted almonds; also still some bread dough, but the yeasty aromas are melting into the background. Very light and gentle bead. First impression on the palate is that of creaminess and breadth of flavor with a medium to long finish. Though this wine has years ahead, I found the aromas and flavors in perfect balance now for my taste; still plenty of freshness, but now interesting, mature aromas and flavors starting to spread out through this wine. Wonderful! Wish I had purchased several bottles years ago ... as this was my one and only!

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Author Alexander C229
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.5%
Tasted On 09/19/2013
Drink Dates 2008-2025

Still amazing, and even better than the 1996 Dom Perignon, in my opinion. Still relatively tight, with notes of minerals and a slight hint of green apples that has faded over time. Fabulous finish.

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Author PLevensohn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.26%
Tasted On 05/29/2013
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Author DIA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 37.5%
Tasted On 12/09/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2030

Minty, rich, still very young.

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Author GrapesofWrath
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.461%
Tasted On 05/24/2002
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Author MikeA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.554%
Tasted On 01/23/2011

Stranded on an island? last bottle? this one. Beautiful chardonnay richness with citrus and mouth watering acidity. Might this go forever?

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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.876%
Tasted On 07/07/2010

Young (From 2010 To 2025)

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Author taipanli
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.845%
Tasted On 11/28/2009

Silky smooth. Beautifully meshed and elegant. My first example and will be hunting for more from now on. Very ready.

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Author johnswu
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.667%
Tasted On 10/21/2009

initally closed, but after 30 min in the bottle opened up a nose of creamy, honeyed, caramel apple. GREAT nose. taste was great and refreshing, but IMO the flavors were a little clumsy, and not as layered as i hoped for. finish was very refined and delicate. excellent finish.

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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.725%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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Author Reed D
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.526%
Tasted On 11/23/2008
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