2002 Salon le Mesnil



From one of the greatest vintages of all time and very highly rated by Suckling, Galloni and the Wine Spectator, the epic Salon Le Mesnil 2002 is a simply unmissable opportunity for any collector of the best wines on the market. The wines made by Salon are simply magnificent and so rare that only a lucky few will ever have the chance to add a precious bottle or two to the cellar. The last comparable vintage, the 1996, has now virtually disappeared from the market and a vintage as superb as 2002 will likely soon be just as scarce. Made in fewer than 40 vintages since 1921, Salon is a very special Champagne. Built to age, it should give huge pleasure for years to come: “mature Salon expresses a gigantically broad aromatic spectrum… it is unmatched in terms of class and purity.” (Juhlin) This 2002, with its huge scores, promises to be one of the greatest ever and in the decades to come, when fully mature, will be the centrepiece of even the most complete cellar.
Size Availability? price? Qty
£3,759.00
£1,880.00
£1,880.00 DP
£941.00
£314.00

Average critic rating : 97.67 points

96

96

"The 2002 Salon is utterly mesmerizing. I have tasted the 2002 six or seven times since its release and even during those two months or so the wine has developed quite dramatically, as some of the exuberance that was present at the outset has begun to recede, revealing the wine's intense underlying minerality. The 2002 is a huge, dense wine loaded with fruit. All of the classic Salon citrus, slate and floral notes are present, but it is the wine's superb textural richness that stands out most. Even though I have not followed my own advice, I suggest readers to plan on cellaring the 2002 for a good number of years. Because of its density and depth, I expect the 2002 will develop into a fairly exotic, voluptuous Champagne, within the context of Salon, of course. I also suggest keeping an eye out for the magnums, which are sure to disappear from the market pretty much the minute they arrive."

99

99

"The 2002 Salon is phenomenal quality. I tasted it in New York City yesterday. 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."

98

98

"Ethereal, with a refined, delicate mousse and a haunting array of flavors, from the vein of chalky minerality to ripe pastry fruit to a skein of spice and richer accents of spun honey, creamed almond and fleur de sel. The finely meshed acidity is racy and persistent, pushing the flavor range on the long, lacy finish. Lovely. Drink now through 2032."

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