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Lot 100

Blanc de Blancs, 1996
2 (1 x 2) 750ml
Champagne Salon is located in the prestigious village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte de Blancs region of Champagne. Founded by Eugéne Aimé Salon in 1920, this is the only house to produce only vintage blanc de blancs champagne. Salon pioneered blanc de blancs and is still regarded among the finest (if not right on top) in Champagne, with extremely delicate but subtly rich and very dry, age-worthy wines, really for connoisseurs. Salon is now owned by Laurent-Perrier and they produce only around 50,000 bottles per annum, still in artisan fashion, and only in exceptional years, roughly 4 vintages a decade. 

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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, (November 2006), 95/100

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Estimate: R 16 000 - 18 000 

Sold for R 14 000
Which is R 15 932 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT

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