1996 Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil
Champagne Blend - 750ML

  • AG 98
  • JS 98
  • WE 97
  • BH 97
  • NM 97
  • WA 97
  • IWC 95
  • WS 95

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AG 98
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2016
The 1996 Salon is just beginning to enter the early part of its plateau of maturity. Time in bottle has softened some of the razor-sharp focus the 1996 had when it was first released, but all of the energy it had as a... The 1996 Salon is just beginning to enter the early part of its plateau of maturity. Time in bottle has softened some of the razor-sharp focus the 1996 had when it was first released, but all of the energy it had as a young Champagne remains. A host of candied lemon, almonds and wild flowers punctuate the sculpted, persistent finish. Readers who own the 1996 can look forward to another two decades or more of exceptional drinking. This is the ultimate expression of Champagne as wine.
JS 98
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, March 2016
Incredible freshness and tightness with fantastic acidity and minerality. Full-bodied, compacted and intense. Flinty! Then light yeast and bread dough. Superb. In suspended animation!
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2007
The latest release from Salon, this just explodes in the mouth with mineral, steel and flint. The tiny mousse has flavors of yeast and just a touch of toast. It is rich, but so austere and structured. Like many Salon... The latest release from Salon, this just explodes in the mouth with mineral, steel and flint. The tiny mousse has flavors of yeast and just a touch of toast. It is rich, but so austere and structured. Like many Salon Champagnes, this will age for 20 years or more.
BH 97
Burghound - Burghound, October 2015
While many of the best ‘96s do remain impressively youthful, this seems to be stuck in a time capsule that brooks no change, at least not willingly! The ultra-elegant nose is clearly still developing and while there are... While many of the best ‘96s do remain impressively youthful, this seems to be stuck in a time capsule that brooks no change, at least not willingly! The ultra-elegant nose is clearly still developing and while there are background traces of apple, yeast and floral undertones in evidence, it is the citrus elements that presently dominate. The incredible refinement doesn’t stop with the nose however as the detailed and vibrant flavors are firm yet delicate with fine shadings of citrus, yeast and something vaguely akin to minerality that continues onto the pure, harmonious and driving finish that is bone dry but not austere. It’s hard to predict exactly when this might be at its best, though my sense is 5 to 7 years hence. Tasted twice recently with consistent results. 2021+
NM 97
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2008
A lemony hue with green tints. A very fine nose that builds in the glass: green apple, touch of mown grass and citrus fruit. Very primordial but great delineation. The palate has lovely balance, less showy than the Salon... A lemony hue with green tints. A very fine nose that builds in the glass: green apple, touch of mown grass and citrus fruit. Very primordial but great delineation. The palate has lovely balance, less showy than the Salon 1995. Apple, touch of lime and citrus fruits. A little steely on the mid-palate. Superb definition and delineation with that typical Zen-like finish infused with a touch of fresh grapefruit. This will need at least ten years of bottle maturation, but it will be worth it.
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2010
97+ The 1996 Salon is yet another wine that is maturing splendidly. Once focused to the point of being painfully austere and angular, today the 1996 Salon has begun to soften and fill out. My latest bottles have been... 97+ The 1996 Salon is yet another wine that is maturing splendidly. Once focused to the point of being painfully austere and angular, today the 1996 Salon has begun to soften and fill out. My latest bottles have been rich, generous and totally compelling in every way. - Antonio Galloni
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2006
Green-tinged gold. Incredibly complex intense bouquet of smoky leesy orange pear licorice minerals and bitter quinine. The superconcentrated citrus quince and pear liqueur flavors convey an almost painful impression of... Green-tinged gold. Incredibly complex intense bouquet of smoky leesy orange pear licorice minerals and bitter quinine. The superconcentrated citrus quince and pear liqueur flavors convey an almost painful impression of extract and positively explode across the palate. Elegant poised and precise in a manner rare for a wine with such flavor intensity. The vibrant minerally extremely long finish simply doesn't let up. This should age effortlessly for a decade or two.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2007
A deep, vinous style, with understated power and grace. The lemon verbena, toast and honey aromas and flavors are propelled by the well-integrated structure and fine bubbles. There's just a hint of greenness, marking its... A deep, vinous style, with understated power and grace. The lemon verbena, toast and honey aromas and flavors are propelled by the well-integrated structure and fine bubbles. There's just a hint of greenness, marking its youthful impetuosity. Has great length. Best from 2010 through 2030. – BS
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1996