Groupe Laurent-Perrier
Didier Depond
Salon is a unique Champagne. All the emphasis in the production of this exceptional wine is on the singular. It was originally the product of one single man, Aimé Salon; from one single region, the Côte de Blancs; from one single cru, le Mesnil-sur-Oger; from one single grape variety, Chardonnay; and from one single vintage, with no blending whatsoever.

Eugène-Aimé Salon, aesthete and amateur of Champagne, who at the very beginning of the 20th century created a Champagne initially for his and his own friends’ consumption, has left in a precious legacy in Salon. His vision became clearer: he would create a non-blended Champagne. At the beginning of the 20th century he just created the Blanc de Blancs. The first known vintage was 1905. Now that the tragedy of the war was over, he was encouraged by his numerous friends to profit more fully from his wine and the house of Salon was created (1921), to cater for his new clientele. The champagne was produced only in the best vintage years, and only from grapes grown at the grand cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Before long Salon was the house champagne of Maxim's restaurant. This was the Belle Epoque, and Maxim's was at the zenith of its fame; Salon became the champagne of choice for aficionados and connoisseurs. Up until his death in 1943, Aimé Salon remained a free and creative man of ideas. His Champagne remains a symbol of his search for a happier life, a symbol of generosity.
Headed by Aimé Salon until his death in 1943, the house was then left to his nephew. In 1988, Champagne Laurent-Perrier, a family-owned company, became the majority shareholder of Champagne Salon. Today, the house of Salon, along with its ancient neighbour and sister, Champagne Delamotte (the fifth oldest Champagne house, founded in 1760) are directed by one man, Didier Depond.

Situated in le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs, the house of Salon has only one Champagne, the cuvee ‘S’. 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.
Salon still only produces one wine, one vintage, Blanc de Blancs, uniquely from Chardonnay grapes, coming from the same original 20 parcels in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The grapes are picked and sorted by hand. The Le Mesnil chardonnay gives Salon great longevity, while keeping a lively youthfulness despite the passing years.
The wines are cellared in the bottle for an average of 10 years, gaining in complexity and finesse. There is, therefore, just over 12 years stock in the chalk cellars at le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The slow marriage of acidity and fruit that takes place over time gives Salon its signature elegance, finesse, balance and exceptional depth, as well as a fine, persistent mousse.

Salon is a perfectly balanced Champagne, with rich and complex aromas. One can always find nuts, citrus, floral tones, minerals, sometimes smoky, sometimes doughy, according to its age, time, length on the palate and fine, persistent mousse. It is easily compared in its fullness and richness to the great wines of Burgundy.

"it is a grand vin... with bubbles"