The House of Salon Champagne makes only one wine, the vintage tete-de-cuvee Blanc de Blancs, and only in the greatest years. Since its existence in 1921, it has only made 30 vintages. Salon uses the first pressing from hand selected grapes to assure the highest acidity, aroma, finesse, ripeness and quality. The grapes come from the original 12 acre estate, as well as selected vineyards in 3 distinct microclimates in Le Mesnil-sur Oger. The distinct difference between Salon and other Champagnes is that Salon does not put its wine through malolactic fermentation. This means that eight to ten years of cellaring are required to achieve the perfect balance between fruit and acid.
Salon is kept on its yeasts in deep limestone cellars until a specific order is received. Only then is Salon disgorged by hand for each order, with the cellar master inspecting the bouquet of each bottle. The latest 1996 vintage retails for $304. Salon can continue to age for an additional 15-20 years or longer and will develop increased complexity.
By Alexandra Seigel
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