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Salon; Blanc de Blancs; 1996; 2 (1 x 2); 750ml
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Lot 100

Blanc de Blancs, 1996
2 (1 x 2) 750ml
The house of Salon was created in 1921, while the first known vintage of Champagne Salon was created in 1905. Eugène-Aimé Salon created the first vintage with the idea of ‘singularity’. He used one single region, from one single cru, one single grape variety, and one single vintage. He originally created this for himself and his friends but started producing for others in 1921. Salon still produces its wine in the same way today and is regarded as one of the finest wines in the entire region.

Sold for R 14 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 15 932

Estimate R 16 000 - 18 000


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Very tight little bead. Mid straw. Very distinctive. Very tightly wound. Introspective. Almost nervous but admirable. A bit like a hugely respected but utterly un-attention-seeking academic. Wonderful texture. Then opens out on the palate. Very firm. Mineral rather than fruit or veg or breadiness.’ – Jancis Robinson (June 2016), 18.5/20

A deep, vinous style, with understated power and grace. The lemon verbena, toast and honey aromas and flavors are propelled by the well-integrated structure and fine bubbles. There's just a hint of greenness, marking its youthful impetuosity. Has great length. Best from 2010 through 2030. 840 cases imported.’ – Wine Spectator (December 2001), 95/100

Green-tinged gold. Incredibly complex, intense bouquet of smoky, leesy orange, pear, licorice, minerals and bitter quinine. The superconcentrated citrus, quince and pear liqueur flavors convey an almost painful impression of extract and positively explode across the palate. Elegant, poised and precise in a manner rare for a wine with such flavor intensity. The vibrant, minerally, extremely long finish simply doesn't let up. This should age effortlessly for a decade or two.’ – Josh Raynolds,  Vinous.com (November 2006), 95/100


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