95 Points Robert Parker
The Salon 1999 Brut Le Mesnil – disgorged already in 2011 and dosed with a pretty typical six grams of residual sugar – displays faintly fusil and quarry dust notes as well as hickory nut, almond, walnut and toasted wheat piquancy on the nose. Polished and subtly creamy in texture yet brightly juicy with apple and lemon, this displays an uncanny sense of lift and refinement, perfectly complementing the honeysuckle and heliotrope perfume that waft inner-mouth. You could lose yourself in the ineffability of this wine’s floral diversity and in its resonantly nut and grain low tones. Hints of apple pip lend subtle additional piquancy on a long and at once soothing as well as stimulating finish, with suggestions of oyster liquor becoming prominent as the bottle stands open for a few minutes, and serving to milk the salivary glands for all that they are worth. Follow this for at least a decade.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by David Schildknecht. November, 2013
97 Points Tyson Stelzer
The warm and sunny 1999 vintage blesses Salon with a suggestion of generous accessibility, while resolutely upholding its incisive youthfulness, exceedingly backward for its age, even towards the end of its release cycle. It has followed a gentle curve of evolution at the pace of a giant sea turtle since it was first unleashed on the world two years ago, settling comfortably into a place of calm and intricate precision. Delightful lemon freshness is held in suspended animation at a full 14 years of age, only beginning to evolve into preserved lemon and white peach. A youthful whiff of reduction has become a charming note of struck flint. Almond, nougat, vanilla and brioche tell the story of more than a decade in the cellar, with soft suggestions of smoke and dried fig hinting at what is yet to come. Its structure is a revelation, with very fine chalk minerality integrating softly, then rising on the finish to mouthembracing mineral texture that personifies Le Mesnil. The characteristic poise of Salon triumphs, retaining light-footed restraint and delicacy even in a powerfully concentrated season, promising at least another decade of life.
Source: Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015.