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Salon 'Cuvee S'  Blanc de Blanc Le Mesnil 1996 - Champagne

Salon 'Cuvee S' Blanc de Blanc Le Mesnil 1996 - Champagne

Vintage: 1996 | Type: Champagne/Sparkling | Producer: Salon
Region: France
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

James Halliday

$1,500.00: Free Freight single bottle
$1,500.00: Free Freight single bottle

Maximum buy quantity no greater than 1 bottles.

"It really doesn't get much better than this - Salon is the world's most sought after Champagne. Super precise, restrained and powerful, Salon's purity and grace are what sets it apart from the pack, no one cuts close to perfection! A demanding powerhouse of a Champagne"! - 100 Points Nick Stock WBM100 October 2000.

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Our notes

To be savoured with your closest in a room free from distraction and noise. This is a moment you will want to remember.


The vibrancy and drive of the vintage came through in spades in the 1996 Salon, which was flat-out stunning. The 1996 remains a youngster, but is immensely beautiful, even at this stage. Several recent bottles have been just as stunning.

Antonio Galloni

James Halliday
This 100% chardonnay wine is no longer available in normal retail markets but does come up for auction every now and then. If a group of (say) 10 friends bought a bottle of this wine, it, 1996 Krug Clos de Mesnil and 1996 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay would be a fascinating tasting. The colour would give d’Ambonnay away, and the ultimate exercise would be to obtain blue glasses which hide the colour. Maybe it would still be possible to identify the wines, maybe not. Either way you would be able to taste a group of supremely great champagnes. Drink: to 2026

James Halliday

Producers notes

In the wake of a dry, grey and cold winter (albeit one with only rare frosts), budburst took place mid-April owing to a sharp rise in temperature. However May was marked by very low temperatures, although with no rainfall. Early June was hot and sunny. Capricious summer alternated between sizzling heat and rain at the end of August. Harvesting was set to start from 16th September to 1st October. The composition of the 1996 musts was absolutely exceptional. It was impossible to find identical analytical characteristics in past harvests, i.e. such richness in sugar and such strong total acidity. The characteristics of the 1996 wine offer a long cellaring potential. 1996 was an extraordinary vintage and this is the best of the best.


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