Utterly Mesmerizing - 2002 Salon Blanc de Blancs

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"Utterly Mesmerizing" -Antonio Galloni
2002 Salon Blanc de Blancs

Even among top Champagnes, Salon stands out. It has long been an insider's Champagne.

Having tasted the 2002 on numerous occasions, it's clear that 2002 is an important vintage for the wine. It will go down as one of the best editions of the past few decades.

Salon is a monument of how transparent, of just how utterly compelling Chardonnay can be. It's one of the most riveting, laser-sharp and mineral expressions of the grape.

Salon sets an incredibly high standard. We've always liked Peter Liem's comment on Salon: "Salon is the quintessential Le Mesnil champagne, expressing the character of the village with an often breathtaking clarity, purity and elegance. Indeed, I often wonder if we would hold the village in such high esteem today if Salon champagne did not exist."

The 2002 vintage is surely the most exciting year since the legendary 1996 and is destined to be one of the greats of the past fifty years. One of the clearest hallmarks of '02's greatness is the way it combines ripeness and concentration with harmony, precision and elegance.

There's no debating the fact that the 2002 Salon will be a legend. Galloni's "utterly mesmerizing" sums it up well. Its precision and pointed finesse is delivered with unusual intensity.

When it comes to aging, Salon can hold its own with the best. A vertical tasting we did at the store showed Salons from the 1970s to still be youthful.

Salon is one of our favorite Champagnes. For people who share our obsession, this is a don't-miss.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits