Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs, Le Mesnil Sur-Oger, Grand Cru Vintage Brut 1997 (1.5L)
Élaboré par Union des Propriétaires Récolants; Imported by Rare Wine Co.
96 points Wine & Spirits
The pure essence of limestone, this vintage is maturing into the grandeur of a great Le Mesnil Champagne while remaining fresh and lively. It offers rich lemon curd and baked apple flavors, chalky power and gravitas without weight. The flavors remain impacted below the limestone earthiness, the wine's structure and balance suited to extended aging. (12/2010)
96 points Wine Enthusiast
The fabled Salon's latest release is much riper and softer than the great steely 1996 vintage. This suggests it is likely to be ready to drink soon. In the meantime, the acidity is supremely fresh, with grapefruit edges and green apple flavors. And then there is minerality and a tight, structured aftertaste as a reminder that this great Champagne is always going to be more than its fruit. *Cellar Selection* (RV) (12/2008)