Luxury Champagne house Salon has recently unveiled its latest vintage, capturing the attention of French sparkling wine lovers the world over. Ideal Wine Company investigates…
Critically acclaimed producer
Founded by Eugène Aimé Salon in the early 20th Century, Salon is a small yet critically acclaimed Champagne producer. Unlike most Champagne producers, Salon’s creations are made completely from Chardonnay grapes, so the company never releases blends with Pinot Meunier or Pinot Noir.
Vintage Salon Champagnes are regarded as some of the best French sparkling wines on the planet. However, the Champagne producer rarely releases new vintages. Prior to last week, Salon had only unveiled one vintage in the new millennium, its celebrated 2002, and just 33 new bottles throughout its distinguished history. Make that 34, as Salon has now released its newest vintage.
The Telegraph reports that the luxury Champagne house has just unveiled the Salon 2004. In order to ensure the bottle arrived with a splash, Salon President Didier featured it within a vertical wine tasting at the Wapping offices of Cornet & Barrow, the firm’s British importer.
The Salon bottles included in this event were the 2004, 2002 and the 1999 – which you can buy from the Ideal Wine Company, as well as the 1997, 1996, 1990, 1988, 1971 and 1966.
Commenting at the event, Depond said: “There are more and more people now who love old champagne… It’s a relatively new concept that has become increasingly and noticeably popular over the last 5-7 years.
“Or perhaps I should say a new-old concept. You know 70 years ago it was the English taste to enjoy champagne with a touch of oxidation. This has come back now and it’s not so much older people with cellars and wine collections who are enjoying it. We’re noticing a lot of young people taking an interest in old champagne which they search for on websites and online forums.”
Standout Salon vintage
According to the Telegraph, the tasting showed that “The 2004 was already showing more evolution than the 2002, opening with quite a lot of spice and opulent power compared to the sleeker, more arrow-like lines of the 2002.” Adding further, the publication suggested that despite its age, the Salon 2004 appears “astonishingly young” in terms of shade, character and body.
Depond added: “The best time to start drinking Salon is 15 years from the vintage and, for me, good Salon is after 25 years. Salon needs time. It needs ageing.” At 12 years of age, it is clear that the Salon 2004 has matured beautifully. Following in the footsteps of celebrated bottles such as the 2002 and the 1999, the Salon 2004 is sure to capture the hearts of wine enthusiasts everywhere when it’s released commercially!”