Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut [Pre-arrival] 2002
JS99: The 2002 Salon is phenomenal quality... I was mesmerized. It is a subtle and intense Champagne that shows complex character of lilac minerals sliced lemon apple and white pepper. It is full body and dense yet racy and agile with a lightness and freshness. It has a gloriously long finish. It changes every moment in the glass. It has such clarity. It's magnificent to drink now but shows great texture and structure for aging.
VM97: Another highlight in this vertical the 2002 Salon is also fascinating to taste after the 2004. Rich opulent and intense yet also very classic in the Salon house style the 2002 possesses superb persistence and depth. The radiant vintage has softened the contours and given the wine fabulous depth to match its decidedly powerful personality. At the same time the 2002 remains quite youthful. Next to the brighter and more finessed 2004 the 2002 offers more of a baritone-inflected expression of Chardonnay. (Drink between 2016-2036)