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    BALIK SALMON AND MIMOLETTE CRISPS

98 points Wine Spectator

 *Cellar Selection* Stops you in your tracks. Fascinating-from thebarrel-fermented coconut, vanilla, pineapple andmarmalade bouquet to the incredible richness andconcentration, this is an original. The peach,vanilla, honey and tangerine flavors ride a crest of bracing acidity, dry and forceful, to a lingering aftertaste of spring blossoms and hazelnut.  (11/2000) 

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, soil-inflected nose combines coffee, mushroom, toffee, roasted grain and minerals. Extremely concentrated and penetrating, with powerful minerality and soil character and notes of key lime and green cardamom. Bracing acids give this single-vineyard Champagne great vinosity and back-end grip. Still quite young but rounding into shape. 94+ (ST)  (12/2000)

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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 1986

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.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 2005 2000
945€ +5.2% 898€ -0.2% 900€ +14.4% 787€ +30.3% 604€ +33.9% 451€ +84.1% 245€

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

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Tasting note

color

Full

recommend

Yes

Written Notes

The ripest in colour, nose and palate, still good acidity, but beginning oxidation signs, not so clear in his structure, maybe over the peak, 93
  • 93p
Developed golden colour. The rich and old fashioned nose offers some oxidated notes, bruised apple, nuts and coffee. The nose was very different from the reset of the range and the palate was surprisingly one-dimensional. Searing acidity lifts the palate, not an easy drinking champagne and not up to the grand house’s perfectly polished usual style. However, a lot of personality hence the high marks.
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

45min

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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93p
 Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1986  ( Krug )

"The ripest in colour, nose and palate, still good acidity, but beginning oxidation signs, not so clear in his structure, maybe over the peak, 93"

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1986  ( Krug )

"Developed golden colour. The rich and old fashioned nose offers some oxidated notes, bruised apple, nuts and coffee. The nose was very different from the reset of the range and the palate was surprisingly one-dimensional. Searing acidity lifts the palate, not an easy drinking champagne and not up to the grand house’s perfectly polished usual style. However, a lot of personality hence the high marks."

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