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Of all the great champagne houses there are few born of such a single-minded and precise ambition. In the early 1900s one man, Aimé Salon, so passionate about his bubbles, chose one grape (Chardonnay), one region (Côte de Blancs), one cru (le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and one vintage. Originally his tiny one hectare vineyard was for his own consumption but in 1911 he showed the world the 1905 Blanc de Blancs.

Salon 1B Wine

Today The House of Salon sources fruit from 19 vineyards, all chosen by Aimé and all supplying exclusively to this house. It does not blend any NV wines, releasing only wines, around 10 years old, from superior vintage years. It has presented only 38 wines in the past hundred years.

Any wine so meticulously supervised through all stages can never be inexpensive but it can be magnificent.

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As part of the launch of the 2002 Salon a celebratory dinner will be held at Neil Perry’s Rockpool in Sydney on Tuesday 26th August. Your hosts will be Salon’s Export Director Vianney Gravereaux and Tyson Stelzer one of the world’s foremost writers on Champagne. The five course degustation menu will be accompanied by fine wines which also include the 2004 vintage from Salon’s sister vineyard Delamotte.

Interested? Who wouldn’t be! Call 0423 400 288 or email [email protected] for more information.

A singular event indeed for anyone who loves fine food and champagne at its best.



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Ian MacTavish

Mr MacTavish is a celebrated writer and one of Australia's more respected Wine reviewers, appearing regularly in national magazines, in print and on line. So far, he has never been heard to say 'no' to a wee dram.

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