Salon 'Cuvee S' Blanc De Blancs 1995

  • "..a big-boned Champagne that's powerful and intensely flavored." Wine Spectator
  • "Offers a rare combination of size and elegance." Stephen Tanzer
  • "The 1995 is an excellent choice for near and medium-term drinking." Antonio Galloni
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  • Wine Spectator
    96 points
  • Stephen Tanzer
    94+ points
  • Antonio Galloni
    94 points
  • Neal Martin
    94* points
  • Josh Raynolds
    93 points

Editors notes

Salon 1995 Champagne is pale yellow in colour, almost evanescent; it is fine and structured, with fine, regular bubbles, both lively and robust, a characteristic, complex nose with heady aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, jasmine and orange blossom, developing gradually towards hints of lemon and exotic fruit, typical of Chardonnay. The palate is powerful and well structured and has an immediate mineral taste, culminating in a warm and extremely sensual finish. The elegance and complexity of the Salon Champagne 1995 vintage takes us to the lofty heights of the sublime.

Champagne Salon is a masterpiece of complexity, created for pleasure, pure and simple. A truly profound wine! Created in 1911 with first vintage 1905, Champagne Salon is the creation of one man, a champagne connoisseur enchanted then seduced by the terroir of Le Mesnil. This Champagne is produced from a one-hectare parcel owned by Salon: "Salon’s garden", and from 19 other smaller parcels in Mesnil-sur-Oger, chosen by Aimé Salon at the beginning of the century. The wines are cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Creamy
    • Lemon
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Wine Spectator

    "This is assertive and grainy in texture, a big-boned Champagne that's powerful and intensely flavored. Biscuit, graphite, honeysuckle, peach and floral notes come together, defined by the firm structure, and last throughout the complex finish. Needs a little more time for the elements to harmonize. Drink now through 2018."
  • Stephen Tanzer

    "Pungent, vivid aromas of pineapple, lime, rose petal, honeysuckle and powdered stone. Wonderfully dense and rich but fine-grained, with an almost velvety texture leavened by vibrant, harmonious acidity. A big, pliant, mouthcoating Salon with great ripeness of fruit and subtle floral and mineral notes. Amazingly solid Champagne that really coats the mouth on the explosive, building finish. Offers a rare combination of size and elegance. Deceptively easy to taste today owing to its richness but has the structure to develop in bottle for a decade or two."
  • Antonio Galloni

    "Hazelnut, smoke, sage and almond are some of the many nuances that emerge from the 1995 Salon, which is also tasted in magnum. The 1995 takes us a little further into the spectrum of early tertiary notes. Texturally, the 1995 is quite open and accessible. My sense is that the 1995 won’t materially improve from here, but that it may very well hold at this plateau for some time. The 1995 is an excellent choice for near and medium-term drinking."
  • Neal Martin

    "Very clear, silvery hue. The palate is very attractive with a soft, strawberry tinged nose that perhaps lacks a little delineation of other vintages. But the palate is sheer class. Harmonious and refined with and natural quality about it. Elegant and balletic, this is a delight. 93-94 points."
  • Josh Raynolds

    "Pale straw, with gold highlights. Leesy, buttery aromas of honey, orange and toast. Toffee apple, fresh apricot and exotic papaya flavors are accented by dense truffle and smoke. Possesses a wonderfully supple texture and good heft but there's ample acidity to keep it fresh and bright. Finishes spicy, firm and long. This will age well. This cuvee is a recent disgorgement, done in May of this year."

Other vintages

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  1. Salon 'Cuvee S' Blanc De Blancs 1996
    • Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
    • Vintage 1996
    • Brand Champagne Salon
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Sparkling
    • Alcohol Percentage 12.0% Alcohol
    Salon 'Cuvee S' Blanc De Blancs 1996
    • Antonio Galloni
      97 points
    • Wine Enthusiast
      97 points
    • Huon Hooke
      97 points
    • Wine Spectator
      95 points
    • Jancis Robinson
      18.5 points
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.

About the brand Champagne Salon

Regarded as one of the very best champagnes on the market today, Champagne Salon started out as a venture by a man named Aimé Salon who wanted to create a unique kind of champagne from one kind of grape variety (Chardonnay), in a blanc de blanc style from one vintage with no blending at all. Salon believed that if he gave enough time for the wine to develop, it would result in a phenomenal wine, and he was right. His 1911 'Grand Vin Nature du Mesnil' was the first blanc de blanc champagne to be released in 1921. The grapes used to make the champagne are from the commune Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs subregion of Champagne, and from one hectare of Salon’s own garden. The vintages of Salon are usually kept for 10 + years before being released, and no more than 60,000 bottles are produced in each vintage. Today, the house of Salon is headed by Didier Depond, along with its sister brand, Champagne Delamotte.

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