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  Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1997 750ml
  Salon Les Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1997


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Price: $299.00

ID: 4978
1997
Producer: Salon
Varietal(s): Champagne Blend
Color: Sparkling


Availability: Currently Unavailable
Product Code: FR-SPK51
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Description Sub Region Producer Notes
 
From old-vine Chardonnay fruit grown in the grand cru village of Le Mesnil, this ’97 is a sleeping giant of a Champagne that is at once finessed, powerful, detailed and accessible. Marked by very tiny bubbles and extraordinary balance, this pale gold Champagne shows an exquisite balance between its elements; citrus, smoke, brioche, minerals and white flowers work in harmony. The wine finishes with a crisp, classic Brut acidity.
Additional Info
  • Color: White
  • Style: Dry
  • Type: Sparkling
  • Variety/Blend: Champagne Blend
  • Breakdown of Varieties: Chardonnay
  • Drink Start Date: 2010
  • Drink End Date: 2020
  • Acidity is slightly lower than the 1988 and the 1996, but equal to the 1985 and 1995, and higher than 1990. Fruit and sugar comparisons in the vineyard show slightly higher average potential alcohol (at 10.2 percent) than the 1996 (at 10 percent) and much higher than 1988 and 1995. Thus the 1997 finds itself somewhere between the femininity of the 1988 and the assertiveness of the 1985. An expressive wine that will hold for 20 years or more, this wine will be accessible in its youth in an elegant, refined way, yet its cellaring potential is typical of the great vintages of Salon.
  • Salon uses only grapes from severely pruned vines that are at least 40 years old, densely planted at 3,300 vines per acre, and grown on mid-slopes. All of the fruit is picked and sorted by hand. Pressing is carried out with a traditional press used solely for Salon. Only the “cuvée,” or “first pressing,” is used. It is the lightest, purest and ripest juice that contains the highest amount of acid. The first fermentation occurs in a stainless-steel tank, where the temperature is controlled and freshness preserved. The wine does not see any oak, nor does it go through malolactic fermentation.

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