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  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Salmon and avocado blinis

97 points Wine Spectator

 **Collectibles** A barrel-fermented style. Shows a slight oxidative character, with whole-grain toast, ginger, exotic citrus and honey notes. Big and dry, with a firm structure and a tactile sensation on the finish. A Champagne for food.  (12/2006) 

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1995 Clos du Mesnil shows pretty notes of autumn leaves, truffles and citrus. It is a rather fat, texturally rich vintage that probably won’t age forever, but rather a wine that offers rewarding drinking at a relatively young stage by Clos du Mesnil standards. (AG)  (6/2011) 

93 points Wine & Spirits

 The Clos du Mesnil produced a golden Chardonnay Champagne in 1995, its concentrated flavors run through with electricity, tooth-jarring in its youthful power. If figs could be white, if lime pith could be chalk, they'd both play a role in the flavors of this wine, as does oak, which caramelizes the mineral flavors. Too young to touch, this needs another five years to mellow, and should continue to mature for years after.  (12/2006) 

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold, with a slow mousse. Complex aromas of buttered nuts, brioche, honey, yellow peach and apricot seem evolved and open-knit. But this is surprisingly brisk on the palate, showing edgier, more citrus-driven pink grapefruit and lime flavors. The bitter citrus zest flavors are powerful and almost painfully concentrated. Displays the combination of richness and tart tones that is typical of this vintage.  (12/2005)

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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 1995

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

2015 2014 2012 2010
704€ -8.5% 769€ -8.7% 842€ +27.8% 659€

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.

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The toasty nose, with a suggestion of oak, is both subtle and layered. The structure is exceptional; the rich fruitiness of the vintage is combined charmingly with the stylish acidity of the Chardonnay. The concentration is perfect and the length of the taste does not leave any room for improvement. The wines of the 1995 vintage can usually be enjoyed at a young age but the rather unattached aroma of oak should be allowed to integrate into the fruitiness of the wine over time.

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feels ripe maybe over his top, I don't know, but in this stage very nice drinkable, Honey, ripe peaches, some toast, brioche, nougat, in the palate a little bit broad but clean finish,with time getting better, 95
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

45min

Drinking temperature

7

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

Inside Information

Wine Advocate #186
Dec 2009
Antonio Galloni 93 Drink: 2010 - 2020 $895 (1300)
I am much less enthralled with the 1995 Brut Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil, which comes across as excessively heavy and ponderous, with little of the delineation and nuance of the 1996. The aromas and flavors are surprisingly advanced for a wine of this age, and notes of roasted nuts and caramel suggest this won’t be an especially long-lived Clos du Mesnil. On the positive side, the mousse is exceptionally elegant. Still, I am not sure that this alone is enough at this level. No disgorgement date provided. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. 

My tasting this year with Olivier Krug was fascinating as I had the rare opportunity to taste all of the house’s 1996’s side by side, a comparison that yielded very interesting results.
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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1995  ( Krug )

The toasty nose, with a suggestion of oak, is both subtle and layered. The structure is exceptional; the rich fruitiness of the vintage is combined charmingly with the stylish acidity of the Chardonnay. The concentration is perfect and the length of the taste does not leave any room for improvement. The wines of the 1995 vintage can usually be enjoyed at a young age but the rather unattached aroma of oak should be allowed to integrate into the fruitiness of the wine over time.

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 Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1995  ( Krug )

"feels ripe maybe over his top, I don't know, but in this stage very nice drinkable, Honey, ripe peaches, some toast, brioche, nougat, in the palate a little bit broad but clean finish,with time getting better, 95"

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1995  ( Krug )

"A clearly more developed colour than in the 1996. Much more open and vegetal nose, resembling good Chablis with its like minerality. Creamy nuttyness alongside some bruised apple like aromas. Very ripe fruitiness with some old oak influence, surprisingly one-dimensional though. Delicate oriental notes, a restrained character and fatter structure. A Clos du Mesnil for mid-term drinking."

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