White - Sparkling

1997 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
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Community Tasting Notes 207

  • hprphf wrote: 94 points

    March 6, 2019 - Liger Belair Dinner - La Paulee 2019 (Eleven Madison Park): Bright acidity with minerals and white flowers. Big palate and lovely precision. 94

  • Xavier Auerbach wrote: 94 points

    February 24, 2019 - A private lunch with friends (at home): Last tasted in November 2011 when it was still very youthful and full of promise. It is now fully mature, with a relaxed elegance, still fresh but with a creamy texture, and a convincing finish. A delightful drink.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • LWI wrote: 97 points

    January 20, 2019 - Nervy, intense, citrussy, high acid, very long, wonderfully complex finish.

  • dream Likes this wine: 96 points

    December 13, 2018 - We drank this with several courses at dinner with Didier Depond and it was simply stunning. Didier said it’s one of his favorite vintages and because its faster maturing it has now fully integrated and has just entered its drinking window. He believes it to be better than the ’96. Medium-bodied but lazor-like in its focus and complex intensity. The finish just rolls over the tongue with an incredible streak of really interesting mineral flavors and very fine bubbles. I couldn’t stop drinking it and it clearly proved Didier’s point regarding the time Salon needs as the younger vintages above showed nothing like this. Just entering its drinking window with at least 20 more years of development ahead. 96+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    December 11, 2018 - Acker BYO 2018 (Tribeca Grille): This is really lovely. Nice vanilla and nutty and some almond. The bubbles literally just melt in the mouth. It's beautiful.

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Richard Hemming MW
    7/10/2017 (link)

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

  • By Jancis Robinson
    9/18/2016 (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)

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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)

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JancisRobinson.com

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

    (Salon Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

Champagne Warrior

  • By Brad Baker
    June 2011, Issue #11, Top Wines from 1997 and 1998: A Look Back at Two Overlooked Vintages

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

Vintage Tastings

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

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2010) (link)

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2010, Issue #29, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Addendum

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

Burghound

  • By Allen Meadows
    October 2009, Issue #36 (link)

    (Salon Brut - Le Mesnil Cuvée S Grand Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2009, Issue #23, The Champagne and Sparkling Wine Addendum- Another Round of Fashionably Late-Arriving Bubbles

    (Salon Le Mesnil) Subscribe to see review text.

Champagne Warrior

  • By Brad Baker
    July 2009, Issue #3, Champagne Tasting Notes

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  • By Brad Baker
    January 2009, Issue #1, Tasting Notes of Champagne and Sparkling Wines

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2008) (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2008, IWC Issue #141 (link)

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ChampagneGuide.net

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

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/13/2014 (link) 98 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light medium lemon yellow color with few, steady, tiny bubbles; aromatic, savory, autolytic, hazelnut, sauteed mushroom nose; rich, gorgeous, creamy textured, complex, autolytic, lemon peel, ginger, mineral, almond palate; long finish (disgorged in 2009)

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/27/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light green-tinged yellow color; nice yeasty, light mushroom, tart citrus nose; tight, tasty, baked lemon, yeasty, mineral, white chocolate palate, needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 94+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/23/2010 (link) 94 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light yellow color; yeast, mineral nose; tasty, toasty, yeasty, mineral, tart apple palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/13/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light golden yellow color; toasty, yeasty, baked lemon nose; delicate and delicious, tart lemon, mineral, kumquat palate; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/31/2009 (link)

    (SALON BdB Champagne) Salon

    Dear Friends,

    Our final offer of the year highlights the disparity of wine pricing across the United States with an exclamation mark. As a punctuation on 2009, this wine deserves a special mention. I considered yesterday's Penfolds offer our best deal of 2009 but I'm sure many of you will will vote for this.

    While in NY for the Blue Hill event a few weeks ago, I was fortunate to try the 1990 Krug, 1995 Krug, 1996 Krug, 1996 Salon and several examples from Jacques Selosse (reported on a few weeks ago) - I also sampled this wine and immediately set out to find a parcel for you. While the 1996 Salon is a magical wine, the 1997 left an indelible impression on my gustatory memory and it may actually be worth the price. I attempted to establish a tariff of $199 but this was as close as I could get (the cellar door price is nearly $350).

    There is a sense of whimsy and frivolity, even a dose of the flamboyant in the 1997 Salon but do not be fooled - under the obvious surface lie layers of mineral swathed, nearly perfect fruit that is suspended in a buoyant frame of the old and new. It is a gorgeous, lilting and festive example of Salon that combines a sense of the exotic with an Alice in Wonderland-like presence that is in direct opposition to the more compact and endless 1996. This wine is drinking beautifully now but it will also age for another decade with ease and probably longer. While the 1996 version may last longer, tasted side-by-side, the 1997 will undoubtedly be preferred at this stage by a wide range of astute palates. A glorious and fanciful experience that titillates the senses and reminds the jaded palate of how exciting wine can be.

    While readily available a few weeks ago, the 100pt score (albeit from The Wine News, but it's still 100pts) has caused an interesting rush on this wine (by contrast, they gave the fabulous 1996 Salon 95pts). I was going to wait to offer the 1997 until mid-January but time is now of the essence - especially at this price (less than half of what many NY merchants were charging when I tasted it a few weeks ago).

    I realize this is still quite costly so I will reprint a number of critical reviews below for a second, third and fourth opinion:

    It would have been delightful to have this in stock for this evening (it will be here in approximately one week) but there is certainly no rush to consume it.

    With that, we bid adieu to 2009 and look very forward to 2010...

    FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 96/person until we run out - we cannot ship this wine back to France

    This parcel has impeccable provenance - it is set to arrive in a week or so:

    1997 Salon Champagne (Blanc de Blancs) Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 750ml(BH95)(WN100)

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA
    Champ8410

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut) Pale yellow color; light floral, honeysuckle, lemon and brioche nose; delicate, tart peach, lemon and mineral palate with good acidity and balance; medium finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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 3418769670001, 3700092712719

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 67 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,292 (70%)
  • Consumed 913 (28%)

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Community Recommendations

Foie Gras, Duck Mousse, Oysters, Poultry, Queso Roncal Soufflé

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