Champagne Salon 2004
ONLY 6 BOTTLES IN STOCK
- Parker: 93+ / 100
The 2004 growing season got off to a slow start in Champagne, even in Le Mesnil-sur-
Oger, the legendary terroir of the Côte des Blancs, with its unrivalled balance between
sugar and acidity. It was an extraordinary show of power from deep inside the vines, an explosion of quality that had had been building quietly for an entire year, deep within the earth, in the vines themselves, the product of the soil, the wind, the rain, the sun, until finally, surpassing all their hopes, this champagne surged forth: like a serene volcano, it simmered quietly before unleashing its true nature, as if by surprise, with the Salon 2004 vintage.
It pairs well with simple shellfish, fine fish or oyster ( with a touch a Japanese seaweed), or with a great Parma or Iberico ham.
EYE: The pale colourflashing with green, the tiny bubbles rising dynamically on their gossamer thread, hallmarks of the vintage.
NOSE: An impressive nose with notes of minerals, gun-flint, stones, smoked tea, just a touch of mint.
MOUTH: The wine is all purity and fine acidity. The magnificent salinity of this great white wine, still in its first flush of youth, offers a suitable foil to the ripe chardonnay fruit, emerging gently but surely, with hints of brioche, warm bread and fresh yeast characters tiptoeing in behind. 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.