White - Sparkling

1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
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Community Tasting Notes 530

  • dcwino wrote: 98 points

    October 8, 2021 - A lost Friday afternoon gathering – how to semi cheat in a blind tasting (Black Salt, Washington DC): Expressive nose displaying concentrated yellow fruit, fresh apple, baked apple, pear, lemon curd, light caramel, white flower, oyster shell, burnt sugar and crushed rocks. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of perfectly ripe pure yellow fruit, rich and oily yet incredibly focused and precise, bright acidity, strong limestone mineral, and a long concentrated pure yellow fruit driven finish with oyster shell at the end. This is perfectly mature yet pure and energetic example. It beautifully evolves in the glass. Exceptional showing.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dream Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 10, 2021 - Deep, intense, youthful. A powerful Champagne with great breed and class and just beginning to show some secondary's but this should be held much longer in the cellar. 94+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • sdr Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 27, 2021 - I had unloaded this bottle to the wine shop because all my other ‘96 Salons were disappointingly dull. Not this one. One of only two in the group to display any real style and originality. The slight note of oxidation is not too distracting and even adds a bit of welcome complexity. Nevertheless there is a certain lack of clarity and focus I would expect in a luxe champagne in what should be it’s glory days.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • BenBlu Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 11, 2021 - A very fine champagne for sure this Salon 1996. Had as an aperitif and it felt still painfully young like a coiled spring. Very high acidity, extremely racy. While certainly no disappointing (unlike quite a few Salons I had in the past) it to me doesn't live up to the price tag as to my palate I actually prefer the DP 96 standard release for example. It would however be tremendous fun to try this Salon again in around 10-20 years and see where it has gone. 95 with upside.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • dcwino wrote: 97 points

    July 23, 2021 - A lost Friday afternoon gathering – Champagne and Burgundy (Blacksalt, Washington DC): Perfectly mature yet energetic nose displaying perfectly ripe yellow fruit, baked apple, a hint of orange peel, lemon curd, honey, caramel, white flower, white pepper, burnt sugar and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, very finely layered ripe yellow fruit, rich yet pure and precise, perfect balance, fine generous mousse, bright acidity, strong mineral and a long perfectly ripe yellow fruit driven finish with honey and crème brulee at the end. This is a beautifully mature example that is drinking well. This is a perfectly mature yet fresh and energetic example. The 96 Salon seems to be entering the maturity.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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Decanter

  • By Yohan Castaing
    Salon, 1/22/2020 (link)

    (Salon, Cuvée S, Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, White) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Vinous Table: Ristorante Osteria Carletti, Bedano, Switzerland (Mar 2018), 3/18/2018 (link)

    (Salon Cuvée S Sparkling White) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2016, Issue #65, The Bi-Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Review Autumn 2016

    (Salon Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésime (Mesnil-sur-Oger)) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson
    6/22/2016 (link)

    (Salon, Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs Brut Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagnes Salon & Delamotte 1959-2007 (Jun 2016), 6/1/2016 (link)

    (Salon Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Julia Harding MW
    4/13/2016 (link)

    (Salon, Brut Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

Burghound

  • By Allen Meadows
    Oct-15, Issue #60 (link)

    (Salon Brut "Le Mesnil" Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne/Sparkling) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2013, Issue #43, Another Round of Champagne and Sparkling Wine More Superb Releases from Small Growers and Grand Marques

    (Salon “Le Mesnil” Brut) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    9th Annual Wine Dinner and Auction to Benefit The Mount Sinai Hospital (Feb 2012) (link)

    (Salon Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Happy New Year 2012 - Juhlin Takes New York, 1/11/2012

    (Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/14/2010 (link)

    (Salon Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Checking in on the 1996 Champagnes (Sep 2010) (link)

    (Salon Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Let's Play Two, 11/2/2009

    (Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009

    (Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

Champagne Warrior

  • By Brad Baker
    January 2009, Issue #1, The Top 50 Champagnes of 1996

    (Salon Blanc de Blancs) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    The 1996 Champagnes Revisited (Jan 2009) (link)

    (Salon Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee 2008 III, 3/30/2008

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  • By John Kapon
    New Year's Eve 2007, 1/2/2008

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    A Holiday White Truffle Lunch, 12/1/2007 (link)

    (Salon Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    A Week of Golden Cellar Drinking, 11/3/2007

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  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee Part One, 3/19/2007

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  • By John Kapon
    New Years Eve 2006, 1/12/2007

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Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2006, IWC Issue #129 (link)

    (Salon Blanc de Blanc Le Mesnil) Subscribe to see review text.

ChampagneGuide.net

  • By Peter Liem
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    (Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs) Subscribe to see review text.

Decanter

  • By Michael Edwards
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    (Salon, Cuvée S, Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, White) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/18/2010 (link) 96 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Bright light yellow color; lovely, autolytic, lemon, dried lemon, mineral nose; tasty, yeasty, tart lemon, baked lemon, mineral, clementine palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/18/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light yellow color; nice apricot, citrus, mineral nose, with lift; tight, tart, chiseled citrus, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    11/25/2007 (link)

    (Salon) Had two spectacular wines at my birthday party that were brought kindly and unexpectedly. The first was the finest bottle of 1996 Salon I have had up to this point. So clean and so perfect. Delicate as a feather. Truly Chevalier-like. Wistful wine with amazing delicacy, detail and finesse. Has years to go but is a linear, perfect beauty now.

  • By Lyle Fass
    10/29/2007 (link)

    (Salon) This wine was truly breathtaking as it had everything I look for in a profound wine. It was made from Chardonnay, it was Grand Cru and it was 1996. Nose of yeast, toast, some green apple and spice. But the story here was the palate. This was dense, ripe, yeasty, toasty and so full of flavor intensity it morphed with your mouth and all of a sudden your mouth turned in to 1996 Salon and there was no going back. Piercingly mineral with ripe, crunchy acids, some nice green fruit (by green I mean young) and an amazing finish that has multiple layers and when you think its done it is not. Keeps on giving. Obviously this wine is young and will knock you on your ass in twenty years but it is awfully tasty today. What a wine. I need to taste the 1996 Krug though as I hear it's the other contender for best of vintage.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Salon
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne
  • UPC Codes 089419365993, 3418769690009, 3700092712719

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 421 (3%)
  • In Cellars 9,394 (63%)
  • Consumed 5,083 (34%)

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Community Recommendations

Oysters, Appetizer, Caviar, fresh seafood platter, Grilled lobster stuffed with crabmeat, Lobster, Shellfish, Sushi, top notch oysters

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100% Like It  106 votes

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