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White - Sparkling

1988 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
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Community Tasting Notes 121

  • sdr Does not like this wine: 88 points

    August 27, 2021 - My brief note from a decade ago still describes how I feel about it today. There was no hint that it was out of condition or madeirized since the bubbles were decent and appropriate for age. There’s some interesting flavors underneath but the nose and the palate indicate that it is clearly oxidized well beyond the point of enjoyment for me. Yet surprisingly, many in the group chose it as their favorite, possibly because it stood out from all the other Salons in the series.

  • tinybubbles Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 11, 2021 - Quite fresh bottle. In a good spot, but seemingly unlikely to improve much from here.

  • merlotsmile Likes this wine:

    June 12, 2021 - 20 years in Knickarp 2021-06-12 (Knickarp): Dag 1
    Lite mörkare gyllene gul
    Helt makalöst förtrollande fantastisk doft. Orientaliska kryddor, ingefära, honung, nötter, apelsinzest, gräddkola, bränt socker. Oerhört uttrycksfull, komplex och massor med energi o intensitet strålar ut från glaset. Vidöppen. Wow

    I smaken känns tröttare än Krug 88. Plattare. Lite besviken faktiskt för doften var helt outstanding. Finishen inte lika energisk som Krug 88 men fylld med kryddor, nötter o apelsinzest.

    Dag 2
    Lika bra på näsan som dag 1 och hade dessutom utvecklats i munnen. Kändes inte lika platt utan visade en härlig komplexitet och lager på lager och hade en enorm finish fylld med kryddor, nötter, apelsinzest. Ett helt fantastiskt vin.

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    February 8, 2020 - Acker 200; 2/7/2020-2/8/2020 (The Pool & Cipriani): Wow - what a treat! This is the kindof wine that's bucket list for me. Favorite champagne and the oldest one of these that I've ever had I think. Just spectacular. Complex and interesting and vanilla and lemon and toast and drinking really lovely but of course with many years left.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • hprphf wrote: 93 points

    February 8, 2020 - Nice acidity, still so fresh and just starting to age. Deep flavors on the palate. 93-94

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Decanter

  • By Charles Curtis MW
    Miscellaneous tasting notes, 11/21/2020 (link)

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

  • By Charles Curtis MW
    Miscellaneous tasting notes, 11/21/2020 (link)

    (Salon, Cuvée S, Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, 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.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2016, Issue #63, The Bi-Annual Champagne Report Summer 2016

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

JancisRobinson.com

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

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

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Four Decades of Champagne Salon and Delamotte: 1970-2004 (May 2014) (link)

    (Salon Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Richard Hemming, MW
    11/28/2012 (link)

    (Salon Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Cruising in HK, 12/5/2010

    (Salon) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2000, IWC Issue #93 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1999, IWC Issue #87 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1998, IWC Issue #81 (link)

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

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/13/2014 (link) 96 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light medium golden yellow color with few, steady, tiny bubbles; mature, autolytic, oxidative, sauteed mushroom nose; rich, mature, creamy textured, tasty, savory, coriander, preserved lemon palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/27/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light medium yellow color; maturing, bee pollen, yeasty, baked lemon, baked citrus, tart orange, wax nose; delicious, poised, waxy textured, baked lemon, baked apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/1/2003 (link) 93 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Lovely yeasty, cream and vanilla nose; refreshing high acidity, lemon and citrus palate, a bit austere but nicely structured; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Salon
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Blanc de Blancs Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 588 (59%)
  • Consumed 401 (41%)

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