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2006 Salon Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1324337 100 points Wine Enthusiast

 This new release from a great vintage for Chardonnay in Champagne is a perfect blanc de blancs, showing a wealth of intensity from the crisp, chalky, mineral tones to the perfumed apple notes. The aromas hint at developing toastiness that adds depth and complexity. The wine is still young and it will age for years. Drink from 2020. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2017)

97 points James Suckling

 No doubting the pedigree or provenance, this opens with wet chalk and oyster shell notes, and there are aromas of dried yellow flowers and white mushrooms, white chocolate and lemon citrus as well as a refined array of fresh pastry. The palate has power with ripe lemon-drenched peach fruits. This is generous and gives plenty for Salon at this young stage with really succulent fruit. Builds white almond biscuit and toasted spices through the finish.  (10/2017)

97 points Vinous

 The 2006 Salon is a very rich wine, almost uncharacteristically so. Deep and exotic the 2006 exudes richness in all of its dimensions, with myriad inflections of sumptuous fruit that fill out its ample, large-scaled frame. Today, the 2006 is surprisingly accessible for a young Salon, but it needs time to shed some baby fat. At times, the 2006 recalls the 2002, but it appears to have more phenolic intensity and overall structure. Even with all of its flamboyance and pure volume, the 2006 retains quite a bit of energy and freshness. I imagine it will be a fascinating, utterly compelling Champagne to follow over the next several decades. (AG)  (7/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut has a shining silver-golden color, the bubbles are tiny and enormously fine—they probably wouldn't stop rising from the bottom of the glass if you left the wine in it instead of drinking it. On the nose, there is a fascinating, pure and fresh bouquet with acacia, chalk, incense and concentrated lemon flavors. The 2006 is mouthfilling, round and elegant on the palate, as well as dense and tight but also fresh and cleansing, provided with great finesse, mineral complexity, length and structure. The finish is clear and aromatic, round and well balanced, slightly creamy, very intense, greatly finessed and truly elegant, with stimulating salinity in the aftertaste. (SR) 96+  (11/2017)

95 points Decanter

 I tasted the 40th vintage of Salon (the first was released in 1905) at the St James Hotel in Bordeaux back in September, and in a year of amazing Champagnes it remains one of the very best. 2006 was a fairly warm year in the region, but this is singing with beautifully fresh acidity, offsetting the rich creamy lemons and white peaches of the Chardonnay. It has a weighty mouthfeel but a grippy, tongue-dancing minerality. This is going to go the distance without a doubt, deepening and developing biscuit notes as it does so. Enjoy the ride. A low dosage of 4g/l. (JA)  (8/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Dosage 4 g/l. Described by president of Salon Didier Depond as 'the romantic vintage – very talkative'. Lovely forthright fruit – mandarin, nectarine. Butter and salt too, with a very open, fleshy palate, which is lighter than the nose indicates. Excellent savoury snap on the finish, with yeastiness that waits right until the finish. An aristocrat in the making. (RH) 18++/20 points  (7/2017)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2018 | Send Email
This is the original single vintage, single varietal, single village Champagne. Salon only makes their Mesnil Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs after exceptional growing seasons, only 40 times in the last 100 years, and only releases it after a minimum of 10 years of aging. The precision and freshness in this are unlike any other 2006 I’ve tasted. The lack of malolactic fermentation lends balance and definition to the opulent phenolic richness which is the signature of the vintage. Lemon meringue, golden apple, saffron, and white floral notes with beautiful chalky minerals and just a hint of leesy toast. The finish is long and acid-driven.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12