Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Le Mesnil 2004
The 2004 vintage displays all the qualities expected of Salon : complexity, purity, freshness. But beyond this, there is a sense of serenity, promising many years of anticipation before the wine reaches its ineffable peak.
Like a volcano, deceptively still, Champagne Salon 2004 gives a quiet taste of the future, while af rming its power even now. Its lively clean attack, intense freshness and minerality do not belie the wine's aromatic promise : impressive for its notes of minerals, gun int, stones, smoked tea leaves, the touch of mint ; redolent of the ocean with its iodine, seaweed tang.
Taut and edgy in the mouth, the wine is all purity and ne acidity. Magni cent and saline, this great white wine, even now in its youth, gives a glimpse of chardonnay's rich potential with its brioche, warm bread and fresh yeast characters. The wine becomes rounder as it airs in the glass, revealing a beautiful vinosity, the curve counter-balancing its acidity to perfection. And on the nish, the merest hint of bitterness, the signature of so many truly great wines.
Serve slightly chilled between 54° and 59°F.
Pair with scallops, sweetbreads with a small piece of molten parmesan, light sh dishes simply served. Oysters, lobster, pheasant, capon with light mushroom sauce and dark rice.
Wine SpectatorThis elegant Champagne features ripe, up-front aromas and flavors of dried apricot, crystallized honey and candied kumquat, giving way on the creamy palate to more subtle notes of raw almond, fleur de sel and star anise. Mouthwatering, with a chalky underpinning and a lovely, satiny finish. Drink now through 2026. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,500 cases made.