Twenty Years of Salon (The Bristol - Chicago IL): Served alongside 97. A very odd wine in several ways. First, this was very reductive to start, which I find very rare with Champagne. Sulfur dissipated after 20-30 minutes, then it seemed much ripe than I recall from before. Dried mango and other tropical hints (atypical for Salon and this vintage), but then with good structure bringing back balance from the middle forward.
Zachys Wine Vault II (Le Bernadin Prive): Salon for me is in a class by itself and that includes even 'off' years. This was poured from magnum. The bubbles were so fine they just melted in the mouth. Nice levels of toast. Missing some of the vanilla bean that I usually get in Salon (the '97 we had later in the day had it in spades), but still a beautiful champagne. Paired very well with a truffle seafood pasta dish from Le Bernadin.
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(Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) From magnum - light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; autolytic, dried mushroom, hazelnut, ginger nose; delicious, rich but focused, tart lemon, lemon curd, mineral, lemon drop palate with medium-plus acidity; long finish