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Wine Region: Champagne - France
Grape: 100% Chardonnay.
Tasting notes: The bubbles are fine, quick : the very essence of Salon 2007 in all its dynamic luminous energy. In the glass, aromas form a moving backdrop, fresh and bright as sunrise : lemon, lime, yuzu, then green apple, a hint of smoked tea and fresh herbs on wet stone. The palate is focused on backbone and purity : this is the terroir of Le Mesnil taking centre stage, displaying its unique rigour and stony imprint.
'The 2007 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil is showing very well, unwinding in the glass with scents of citrus pith, smoke, crisp green apple, Anjou pear, white flowers and subtle hints of fresh herbs. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and incisive, it's fine-boned and precise, with a bright spine of acidity, an elegantly fleshy core of fruit and a pretty, pinpoint mousse.' The Wine Advocate
Expert Rating: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 96/100
How to Enjoy: 'The mushroom, truffle and forest floor notes of mature Chardonnay means older blanc de blancs are perfect with rich, gamey meat,’ explained Depond.
‘They are a great match with grouse,’ he said. ‘You’d think a red would be what you’d want, but older Salon is perfect. I even had jugged hare with Salon 1966 and it was better than old Rhône or Bordeaux.’
About the winery: One single man, one single grand cru village, one single grape variety, one single vintage… the secret of this singular Champagne... read more here
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