1996 Salon Cuvee S Brut Blanc De Blancs Le Mesnil Champagne France – One grape variety, one cru, one year – Salon Le Mesnil (first vintage 1905) was created by Aimé Salon, a passionate gentleman obsessed with perfection. His idea of Champagne was to fashion a masterpiece of balance and elegance, an explosive Champagne full of seductive aromas, full of character, yet subtle: Thus was born Salon Le Mesnil. Only a few thousand bottles are made in carefully selected vintages and offered for sale some ten years later. The 1996 vintage – at the top of this rare, elite collection – is being compared to the legendary 1928.
The composition of the 1996 musts is quite exceptional. It is impossible to find identical analytical characteristics in past harvests, that is to say both such a richness in sugar and such a strong total acidity. The characteristics of the 1996 wines offer a prospect of long aging.
Salon Le Mesnil 1996 is a pale yellow wine with hints of green, “as bright as the morning sun light on the highest snow caps” says Didier Depond, chairman of Champagne Salon Le Mesnil. With fine, active bubbles, it has both the electricity and impertinence of youth, yet shows complexity
and layers of aromas. On the palate, Salon Le Mesnil displays a remarkable subtlety of flavors with touches of green apples, fresh citrus – lemon and grapefruit – building into mellow hints of ripe pear and kiwi.
*Please allow 3 business days to retrieve stock from climate controlled cellaring.
Price per bottle: $3,000.00