On the nose, is complex – orange flowers with the merest hint of honey-dew, candied citrus notes, madeleine buns warm from the oven.
To the eye, it is pale gold in hue with hints of green
In the mouth, is inordinately fine, long and straight as an arrow, bridling with energy yet restrained and precisely poised. Like the blade of a samurai sword as it slices clean through a stem, the flower soaring high, then falling softly through the air. Salon 2002 is a great romantic, but also armed for battle! Its strength and audacity give it the balance of a classical dancer.
Chardonnay : 100%
Timeless classic dishes are the way to go for this creamy, suggestive champagne, this quintessence of Champagne Salon. Simple yet refined dishes such as lobster bisque, a Bresse chicken in cream, scallop carpaccio, truffle risotto, veal baked with morilles mushrooms, seabass in a salt crust. Or plainer still : caviar from Aquitaine, a few translucent slices of Bottarga, a whole Parma ham or an Iberico, a handful of golden shards from the heart of an old parmesan or cave-aged cheddar.
Taste it and drink it just cool, between 13 and 15 degrees. Be ravished.
The 2002 Salon is utterly mesmerizing. I have tasted the 2002 six or seven times since its release and even during those two months or so the wine has developed quite dramatically, as some of the exuberance that was present at the outset has begun to recede, revealing the wine’s intense underlying minerality. The 2002 is a huge, dense wine loaded with fruit. All of the classic Salon citrus, slate and floral notes are present, but it is the wine’s superb textural richness that stands out most. Even though I have not followed my own advice, I suggest readers to plan on cellaring the 2002 for a good number of years. Because of its density and depth, I expect the 2002 will develop into a fairly exotic, voluptuous Champagne, within the context of Salon, of course. I also suggest keeping an eye out for the magnums, which are sure to disappear from the market pretty much the minute they arrive.
— Antonio Galloni
96/100 (May 2014)
It will come to no one’s surprise that my favourite Vintage is the 2002, and having been fortunate and lucky enough to drink many bottles from different houses I can honestly say that this is a very special Champagne!
While it seems a big shame to drink this so very young it still does showcase fantastic freshness and life from the moment you taste it. Wonderful chardonnay wine like Champagne with lasting taste of citrus, pear, apple, and floral with a zest of spices. Rich and so easy to drink that you really should give it 20/30 minutes to breathe after opening your bottle as initially it can seem a little tight.
I believe that the optimum temperature to drink at is around 10-12 degrees and will be fascinating to taste in the next 20/30 years.
Exquisitely paired with French Oysters, Rio Frio Russian Style Caviar, and Jamon de Bellota.
For dessert a beautiful pairing is with cheese platter & grapes.
100/100 (January 2016)