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The world’s most coveted case of Champagne: the 2008 Salon Oenothèque 

In the world of fine wine, Salon shines as a beacon of pure luxury, elegance and desirability amongst the most astute collectors. Made only in exceptional vintages, the allure of this exquisite Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Blanc de Blancs has earned it cult status and transcends Champagne to stand proudly alongside a line-up of the worlds very best wines, including Romanee Conti. 

Without question, the most anticipated release from Salon has been the 2008 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs. Upon release it received multiple 100 point scores from all the major critics across the globe, but if you’re looking for one, you’re not going to find a single bottle anywhere!

There are 8000 bottles of the 2008 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, however, the decision was made to release the 2008 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs as a magnum only, and it’s held within a very limited edition Oenothèque case that also contains 2 bottles of the 2004, 2006 and 2007 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs.

With just 8000 magnums of the 2008 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs in existence, the price of the Salon Oenothèque case continues to rise, with a 35% increase over the12 months alone. Where this will end up is anyones guess, but one thing is for certain, it’s only going to go up with time.

iHeartWine has two 2008 Salon Oenothèque available here: https://iheartwine.com.au/2008-salon-le-mesnil-blanc-de-blancs-magnum

100 points Decanter

After an initial floral-scented, fruit-driven nose, fresh menthol notes invade the glass. Remarkable power and generosity on the palate, and yet the mouthfeel is crystalline and perfectly balanced. A compelling mix of complexity and elegance. The finish is long and pure. Has the potential to stay the distance for 50 years. (YC) (1/2020)

100 points Wine Advocate

Disgorged in January 2019 with six grams per liter dosage, Salon’s 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil is a striking wine, unwinding in the glass with scents of citrus oil, fresh bread, crisp green apple, white flowers, smoke and oyster shell. Full-bodied, layered and incisive, it’s deep and concentrated, with a tightly coiled core of fruit that’s underpinned by a racy spine of acidity. Seamless and unerringly precise, it concludes with a long and penetratingly mineral finish. Immense though its potential for aging is, its intensity and balance make it pleasurable as well as persuasive, even today. Given the eye-watering price of this magnum-only release, I was determined to hold the wine to the highest possible standards, but it surpasses even the prodigious 1996 and surely ranks as the finest Salon since at least the 1970s. In short, this is a Blanc de Blancs that admits no argument. (WK) (3/2021)

100 points Vinous

The 2008 Salon is simply extraordinary. Sadly, there will only be 8,000 magnums for the world, as President Didier Depond took the unusual and dramatic decision to bottle the entire 2008 harvest in magnum only, which is a huge decrease over the typical production (when Salon is made) of closer to 60,000 bottles. In the glass, the 2008 is simply extraordinary. Soft and silky, with breathtaking finesse, the 2008 dazzles with a stunning interplay of bright Chardonnay fruit, soaring perfume and crystalline precision. A kaleidoscope of aromas, flavors and textures captivates all the senses. The 2008 remains young and austere, but like so many wines in this great vintage, Salon has an extra dimension of textural depth that keeps it from being austere. It is quite simply one of the most magnificent Champagnes I have ever tasted. The 8,000 magnums will be sold in a special wooden case with 2 bottles each of 2007, 2006 and 2002. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: January, 2019. (AG) (7/2019)

Name: Marc Malouf

Organization: iHeartWine Australia

Address: 8 Bayswater Street Drummoyne, Drummoyne, NSW 2047

Website: https://www.iheartwine.com.au

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