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2002 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs

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November 19, 2023 - $1,185


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20Jancis Robinson

...buttercream, bakery dough with a saline & flint character too. Impeccable... excellence done by degrees. There's a floral quality & a smoky, reductive edge too. Even some honey... this is wine first and sparkling second.

100Wine Enthusiast

The 35th & most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable & magnificent... intense minerality, a crisp textured core & the beginnings of maturity. The depths with its layers of fruit & steeliness, are superb.

99James Suckling

...phenomenal quality... I was mesmerized... complex character of lilac, minerals, sliced lemon, apple & white pepper... dense yet racy & agile with a lightness & freshness. It has a gloriously long finish. It changes every moment...

98Wine Spectator

Ethereal, with a refined, delicate mousse and a haunting array of flavors, from the vein of chalky minerality to ripe pastry fruit to a skein of spice and richer accents of spun honey, creamed almond and fleur de sel.

95Vinous / IWC

Velvety and seamless on the palate, offering densely packed orchard and citrus fruit flavors that gain spiciness and vivacity with air. Shows superb depth and finishes long, taut and minerally, with clinging pear and honeysuckle qualities.


France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.