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  • Country ranking ?

    198
  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    ORANGE CRÈME BRULÉE

The Story

Krug Clos du Mesnil, a very rare Champagne, showcases the unique character of a single plot of Chardonnay, harvested in a single year. Our 1.84-hectare vineyard overlooked by the village church has been protected by walls since 1698. The vineyard is located in the heart of Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the most iconic villages for Chardonnay in the Champagne region. Krug Clos du Mesnil has an expansive generous personality enhanced by the finish which powers through with extreme precision.

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Vintage 1985

The story of Clos du Mesnil started in 1698 when a 1,85 ha plot in the outskirts of the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger was sealed with walls for reasons unknown. The village grew in size and in 100 years the vineyard plot was surrounded by housing. The walls protected the vineyards from being dug up and from being used for housing purposes. The plot landed in the hands of the Krug family, when the brothers were searching for new vineyard acquisitions in the 1975s. A property was being sold in the Côte de Blancs, and as vineyard land was fiercely sought after, the brothers bought the plot without really seeing what they had bought.
When they first saw the Clos du Mesnil, they became very excited by the idea of producing a single vineyard wine. As the plot was not in good condition, Krug had to take the decision to replant it. Therefore, the first vintage of Krug Clos du Mesnil dates back to 1979 when the vines were old enough to produce good wine and when the unique quality of wine from the plot was realised. The Clos du Mesnil is produced in a similar way to the vintage. The plot comprises 6 individual parcels of varying vine ages. Each is picked and vinified separately. Enhancing terroir attributes is the guiding philosophy throughout vine growing and vinification. Rémi Krug stresses that it was not the single vineyard concept that was fascinating in itself. Instead it was the uniqueness of the parcel and its wine; “a diamond one wishes to show on its own”. The Krugs always insist that the Clos du Mesnil is a unique wine, but never better than the vintage or the Grande Cuvée. In this massive volume vintage the Clos du Mesnil is however a true diamond of a wine.

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
1 611€ +10.6% 1 456€ +11.1% 1 311€ -4.3% 1 370€ +34.1% 1 022€ +119.3% 466€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering and Vibrant

flavors

Vanilla, Toasty, Honey, Nutty, Mineral and Truffles

nose

Intense, Pure, Ripe and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Concentrated, Well-structured, Light, Rich, Firm and Dry

Verdict

Excellent and Full-bodied

Written Notes

Big Boy’s 1985 Krug Clos du Mesnil took it up a notch. There were more vanilla flavors and richness, ‘like a laser.’ This had much more body, Jessica Rabbit style, and its acid was super and duper, both related to long. Rich, heavy cream flavors complemented this big, blonde and ‘big-tittied’ baby. Who dat (97)?
  • 97p
Roasted almonds, nuts, starting to reach his peak, great acidity, Brioche, toasted toast, tropical fruits, melons, lime, green apple, caramell, cinnamon, long, cripy finish, 99-100
  • 99p
"Nose of flowers, tropical fruit, apples, yeast. On the palate laser-like focus acidity, rich and creamy fruit of mango, passion fruit. Quite youthful and expressive."
  • 99p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Drinking temperature

8

Other wines from this producer

Blanc de Blancs

Clos du Mesnil Vinothèque

Grande Cuvée

Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

Krug Collection

Krug Rosé

Krug Vintage

Private Cuvée

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 Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1985  ( Krug )

"Roasted almonds, nuts, starting to reach his peak, great acidity, Brioche, toasted toast, tropical fruits, melons, lime, green apple, caramell, cinnamon, long, cripy finish, 99-100"

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1985  ( Krug )

""Nose of flowers, tropical fruit, apples, yeast. On the palate laser-like focus acidity, rich and creamy fruit of mango, passion fruit. Quite youthful and expressive.""

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1985  ( Krug )

""Nose of flowers, tropical fruit, apples, yeast. On the palate laser-like focus acidity, rich and creamy fruit of mango, passion fruit. Quite youthful and expressive.""

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97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1985  ( Krug )

"Big Boy’s 1985 Krug Clos du Mesnil took it up a notch. There were more vanilla flavors and richness, ‘like a laser.’ This had much more body, Jessica Rabbit style, and its acid was super and duper, both related to long. Rich, heavy cream flavors complemented this big, blonde and ‘big-tittied’ baby. Who dat (97)?"

3y 7m ago

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