1997 Salon Cuvee 'S' Le Mesnil

Made of 100% Chardonnay, this Salon is aged to perfection with notes of green apple, brioche, acacia and hazelnut. Fewer than 60,000 bottles were produced for the 1997 vintage. Pop it open and enjoy the bubbles dancing playfully and gracefully on your palate!

Why you want it?

The investment appeal of vintage Champagne has soared in recent years, as demand has far outstripped supply. Iconic names like Salon have been at the core of this rise with the brand name conjuring up thoughts of exclusivity and excellence amongst Champagne aficionados.

This type of brand recognition alongside vintage Champagnes’ ability to age and their scarcity create a potent recipe for price appreciation. Salon’s 1997 Le Mesnil average per bottle prices have nearly doubled in the past year and are up well over 200% in the past five years.

And the outlook continues to point to more appreciation. The Champagne region has suffered from low harvests in recent years, exacerbating the supply-demand imbalance. Classic back vintages such as this 1997 should continue to generate interest for the scarce quantities in circulation.  
Country
France
Region
Champagne
Sub Region
Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Producer
Salon
Value
£908
average price per 75cl bottle
Wine-Searcher data, July 2022
Critic Score
95
points
Wine Advocate
Performance
+203.6%
average 5-year return
Wine-Searcher data, July 2022

What did the critics say?

Purity, elegance and freshness characterise this magnificent Champagne now at full maturity.

Yohan Castaing

Decanter - 97pt
2020

Textural depth, brilliance and expressive inner perfume.

Antonio Galloni

Vinous - 95pt
2010

Where is it from?

Champagne, the world’s most famous type of wine and wine region, is synonymous with luxury, quality and celebration. Many drinkers may find it surprising that it is notoriously difficult to grow grapes in Champagne – the mean annual temperature is just over 10˚C!

But with efforts from Benedictine monks, local winemakers, and English scientists, craftsmen and merchants, Champagne has developed into a world-renowned fine wine region in its signature fizzy, fresh, yet creamy style.

Today, there are over 15,000 growers and 300 Champagne houses, and its global market reach is still expanding. The region is also seeing exciting new trends as small grower-producers such as Jacque Selosse and Ulysse Collin continue to experiment with winemaking techniques previously unseen in Champagne.  

Who made it?

Founded in 1760, Salon only produces one cuvee – the ‘S’ with its iconic green bottle and gold serpent-shaped logo. Since its first vintage in 1921, Salon has only produced 37 vintages. There are fewer than 60,000 bottles for each declared vintage. This level of production is much lower than that of other Grande Marques such as Dom Perignon and Louis Roderer.  

What's more, Salon cellars its vintage Champagnes for at least ten years before releasing them in small batches. An extremely delicate and rich Champagne, this cuvee demands attentive ageing and, after 20-30 years, develops wonderful aromas of coconut, walnut, coffee and vanilla.