Galloni - 99
The 2013 is the most powerful, dense young Salon I have ever tasted. Champagne of mind-bending complexity,the 2013 possesses tremendous mid-palate intensity and power from the very first taste. Lemon confit, dried flowers, mint and a touch of brioche appear first, followed by light tropical accents that add an exotic flair. Imagine the sizzling energy of the 2008 and the persistence of 2004, with more mid-palate richness and ripe fruit. Two-thousand thirteen was a cool, late ripening year. Harvest started at the beginning of Octobre under sunny, dry days and cool nights, conditions that have not been seen since then. Readers will find a spectacular, modern Salon endowed with tremendous depth and very little of the youthful austery that once defined Chamagnes from cooler years here. The 5.5 grams per litre of dosage is perfectly judeged. In a word: Magnificent.
Suckling - 97
Beautiful and expressive nose of waxed lemons, chamomile, hazelnuts, sourdough, mango stones and hints of orange curd. It's linear and laser-sharp, with an elegant balance of minerality and touches of ripe yellow fruit, all held together by lively acidity and tiny bubbles. Sophisticated. Evolves to a dry chalkiness at the end. Long, textured finish. Disgorged end of 2022. Drink or hold.