Champagne Salon “Le Mesnil” 2006 [3/cs]

champagne salon le mesnil
France Champagne
Chardonnay
Type: Sparkling Wine
Vintage: 2006

“The 2006 Salon is a very rich wine, almost uncharacteristically so. Deep and exotic the 2006 exudes richness in all of its dimensions, with myriad inflections of sumptuous fruit that fill out its ample, large-scaled frame. Today, the 2006 is surprisingly accessible for a young Salon, but it needs time to shed some baby fat. At times, the 2006 recalls the 2002, but it appears to have more phenolic intensity and overall structure. Even with all of its flamboyance and pure volume, the 2006 retains quite a bit of energy and freshness. I imagine it will be a fascinating, utterly compelling Champagne to follow over the next several decades. 2026-2046.”

97 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2017

 

“Lovely forthright fruit – mandarin, nectarine. Butter and salt too, with a very open, fleshy palate, which is lighter than the nose indicates. Excellent savoury snap on the finish, with yeastiness that waits right until the finish. An aristocrat in the making.”

18++ points, Jancis Robinson, Sept 2017

 

“The creamy mousse of this graceful Champagne caresses the palate like cashmere, carying a beautiful range of glazed nectarine, chopped almond, pastry and candied ginger flavours framed by vivid acidity. Seamless, with a long, lasting finish accented by minerally chalk and saline notes. Drink now through 2013.”

95 points, Wine Spectator, Aug 2017

 

“This is just the 40th vintage of Salon, the first being the 1905 vintage. 2006 was a warm, ripe year, generally forward. Most grapes were a touch low in acidity, although grand cru Chardonnays – particularly in Mesnil – had higher levels. Salon’s 2006 has sunny scents of lilac and peach with citrus drive. The mouthfeel is sumptuous yet mineral, showing early charm but with grip to age. Extra brut dosage of 4g/l.”

95 points, Decanter, July 2017