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2008 SALON CHAPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS OENOTHEQUE CASE Includes: 1 Magnum 2008 vintage, 2 bottles 2007 vintage, 2 bottles 2006 vintage, 2 bottles 2004 vintage

Four vintages, four personalities

With 2008, Salon achieved a vintage known as a “Dream”, while “Light” shone forth from the 2007. The 2006 was fondly called the “Romantic” vintage, followed on from 2004’s “Serenity”. Brought together at a single disgorgement in January 2019 the two bottles of the 2004 vintage, two from 2006 and two from 2007, are stamped “2019 edition”, to distinguish them from earlier releases. The 2008 magnum is no exception and fulfils Aimé Salon’s great dream of creating a unique collection of Champagnes.

Salon 2008, The Dream 

In the glass, Salon 2008 is the epitome of Salon – diaphanous, yellow diamond glinting with green rays; on the nose its aromatic depth is powerfully redolent of the earth, heralding on the palate that sense of balance and structural firmness that will allow the wine to develop its full complexity. There is a driving sense of stone here, a heightened minerality, its chalky acidity first drying then mouthwatering, slender and rapier-fine to the end of time. 100 points Antonio Galloni Vinous

Salon 2007, Shining Light 

The bubbles are fine, quick: the very essence of Salon 2007 in all its dynamic luminous energy. In the glass, aromas form a moving backdrop, fresh and bright as sunrise: lemon, lime, yuzu, then green apple, a hint of smoked tea and fresh herbs on wet stone. The palate is focused on backbone and purity: this is the terroir of Le Mesnil taking centre stage, displaying its unique rigour and stony imprint. 99 Points Wine Enthusiast)

Salon 2006, The Romantic 

First of all, just wait. Once Salon 2006 has been uncorked, leave it a little while, to breathe, to open out. Then, just look at it: its shimmering golden colour, glinting silver and green. The never-ending bubbles, so tiny, setting free the familiar bewitching scents of Salon in its first flush. Notes of white flowers, citrus zest, lightly toasted brioche. Then the glass fills magically with autumnal tones, fresh hazelnuts, praline, dried apricot, ripe yellow fruits. A romantic of the highest order, Salon 2006 embodies the carefree spirit of youth, tempered by experience. And there lies its true enigma and charm. To know restraint but be generous, to combine lightness with solidity. 100 Points Wine Enthusiast)

Salon 2004, The Quiet Vintage 

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. Taut and edgy in the mouth, the wine is all purity and fine acidity. 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. 98 Points James Suckling