Champagne Salon & Delamotte
Neighbours in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the heart of the Chardonnay-producing Côte des Blancs, Salon and Delamotte became part of Bernard Hinault’s Laurent-Perrier group in 1986 and were joined in 1988. Depond has been president since 1997 but with the company for 30 years.
Salon is a cult blanc de blancs, released after 10 years on its lees, made from its own 1ha single vineyard plus grapes sourced from 20 other grand cru sites in Le Mesnil. Production is about 60,000 bottles only in the best years; in the past century just 37 vintages were released.