Salon is undoubtedly considered to be the top echelon of Champagne by many wine connoisseurs around the world, yet it is so rare that not many people have had the chance to taste this quintessential Champagne. A tiny house on the Cote des Blanc, they make just only one Cuvee with 100% of its Chardonnay grapes coming from the Grand Cru-class Le Mesnil vineyard in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and is only made in the best vintages (the other vintages go into Champagne Delamotte); and is aged for relatively longer periods of up to a decade in the bottle before they are released!
Before Vintage 2012, it was Vintage 2008 which received perfect scores from Vinous’ Antonio Galloni and Wine Advocate’s William Kelley, due to the excellent vintage conditions, only 1.5L Magnums were produced and the market price of 2008 reaches HK$46,800/Mag nowadays. Putting it side-by-side with Vintage 2012 Salon, I think this is a blue-chip which remains at very approachable price, and with great potential for investment. William Kelley scored 2012 Salon Cuvee 'S' Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs a brilliant 97 points and says:
“For readers that have balked at the pricing of the magnum-only 2008, the 2012 isn't far off the latter's level in quality, and will presumably be distributed more conventionally.”
Today, we are delighted to offer a few original wooden cases of 2012 Salon which are packed in 3*75cl, special prices are valid until 13th Jan 2022 (Friday) -
2012 Salon Cuvee 'S' Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut
HK$9,800 per bottle
HK$8,800 per bottle
HK$8,600 per bottle if you buy an OWC of 3*75cl
97pts William Kelley
Back in 2014, Salon's president Didier Depond was quoted in the press as saying that “since 2008, there has been no genuinely great vintage in Champagne" and that a 2012 from Salon wouldn't be released. But the just-released 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil shows that he had good reason to change his mind, as to my palate this is, after the 2008, the finest Salon produced this millennium. Unwinding in the glass with notes of citrus oil, wet stones, freshly baked bread, white currants and oyster shell, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a tightly wound core of fruit, racy acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a long and resonant finish, this is a structured and powerful Salon that's a lot more incisive than, for example, the 2002 at the same stage, but which also carries more muscle and substance than a leaner vintage such as 2007. For readers that have balked at the pricing of the magnum-only 2008, the 2012 isn't far off the latter's level in quality, and will presumably be distributed more conventionally.
We can also offer a bottle of Vintage 2002 -
2002 Salon Cuvee 'S' Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut
HK$10,800 per bottle, 1 available
Subject to final confirmation. ETA 3-4 weeks.
Delivery is free-of-charge for single purchase above HK$3,000 or 6 bottles (or accumulated amount at time of delivery); otherwise, a standard delivery fee of HK$100 applies.