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  • Champagne Salon is a masterpiece of complexity, created for pleasure, pure and simple
  • A wine of purity and fine acidity
  • A truly profound wine
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Pale-Straw
Nose Clean and lively on the attack, the wine’s intense freshness and minerality deliver on its aromatic promise – an impressive nose with notes of minerals, gunflint, stones, smoked tea, just a touch of mint.
Palate Taut and edgy in the mouth, the wine is all purity and fine acidity. The magnificent salinity of this great white wine, still in its first flush of youth, offers a suitable foil to the ripe chardonnay fruit, emerging gently but surely, with hints of brioche, warm bread and fresh yeast characters tiptoeing in behind. The wine becomes rounder as it airs in the glass, revealing a beautiful vinosity, the curve counter-balancing its acidity to perfection. And on the finish, the merest hint of bitterness, the signature of so many truly great wines.
Food Pairing From shellfish, country bread, and salted butter to the most sophisticated turbot in a cream oyster sauce; and from a simple lobster with Belon oysters to recipes with Japanese seaweed, all will make an elegant partner for Salon 2004.
Cellaring 15+ Years
Notes Salon is unique. The fruit of an ambitious idea, of a desire to go beyond standard practice and push the boundaries of Champagne. This is just the 40th vintage of Salon, the first being the 1905 vintage.
Variety Chardonnay
Body Light - Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2006
Region Champagne
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 12.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Champagne
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.



Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.



Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.



Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
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Decanter
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.



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