Champagne Salon: The Jewel of the Côte de Blancs

17 August 2019 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-8
CIA at Copia
500 1st St View map
USD 200.00

Presenters


William Kelley
Wine Advocate Reviewer
William Kelley developed a love of wine while studying at Oxford, where he presided over the University's prestigious Wine Circle for three years while completing a doctorate in history. In addition to tastings with many of the Old World's greatest producers, he brought many of California's most celebrated and exciting wineries to Oxford for the first time. Kelley had the unique privilege to cut his teeth as a taster on many of the great wines of Burgundy of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. After a stint covering Burgundy for Decanter magazine and working harvests in both California and the Côte d'Or, he made the happy move to The Wine Advocate in 2017. His first-hand experience making wine informs the way he writes about it. Today, he reviews the wines of Burgundy, Champagne, Madeira and English Sparkling Wine.

Description


When Eugène-Aimé Salon founded a small Champagne house in 1905, his object was to indulge a purely personal passion. Produced exclusively from Chardonnay grown in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and solely in the best vintages, his wine was exclusively for his private enjoyment. Only in 1921 did his friends prevail upon him to make the first small commercial release of Champagne Salon, to share the fruits of his labors with a wider public. The wine immediately won acclaim for its alliance of elegance with incisive intensity—and that rapidly established reputation has retained all its luster to this day. Not much has changed since Eugène-Aimé Salon’s era. Champagne Salon is still sourced entirely from Mesnil-sur-Oger—both from the maison’s own vines and those of growers who supply their grapes exclusively to Salon—and Mesnil’s chalky tension and racy energy still define the wine’s style. Today the wine ferments in stainless steel in contrast to the old wooden demi-muids of Eugène-Aimé’s era, but its time sur lattes on the lees is if anything more protracted. And malolactic fermentation is systematically avoided—in contrast to creamier, more enveloping style of Maison Delamotte, Salon’s sister house since 1988. This masterclass, presented by The Wine Advocate’s Champagne Reviewer, William Kelley, offers a rare opportunity to explore a series of superb vintages of Delamotte and Salon back to 1997. 


A fantastic way to start the day. Don't miss this opportunity.



All attendees will receive a VIP early entry top up to their Grand Tasting pass.*


*All class attendees will receive VIP early entry top up on the date of the event. 



CIA at Copia
500 1st St