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    386
  • Producer ranking ?

    20
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Enjoy without food

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I suppose the 1996 Clos du Mesnil can’t get any better by my standards. It never fails to leave me speechless. The 1996 is a modern-day 1988 or 1979, which is to say a classic among classics; in fact the 1996 may very well be the greatest Clos du Mesnil period. Smoke, bright fruit, crushed rocks and smoke inform the kaleidoscopic, breathtaking finish. (AG)  (7/2011) 

96 points Wine Spectator

 Offers fine depth and complexity, showing aromas of coffee, mushroom and candied citrus. This is laserlike on the palate, focusing its citrus, honey and mineral flavors and corralling them to a long finish. Still a baby, with great length and potential. Best from 2010 through 2030.  (7/2007)

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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 1996

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
1 204€ +9.9% 1 096€ -29.2% 1 549€ +57.6% 983€

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

38 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Coffee, Toasty and Mineral

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated, Well-structured, Complex, Focused and Elegant

Written Notes

Thursday night was at 11 Madison, some publications’ #1 restaurant in the world.  Sometimes being #1 isn’t enough, as they recently closed for a renovation, I think in July.  We kicked things off with a flight of the best Champagne on Earth, Krug’s Clos du Mesnil.  We had an inauspicious beginning with a less than perfect bottle of 1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil.  Usually this wine is in the 98 point territory for me, but this bottle seemed more open than usual, a bit shut down and not possessing its usual, blistering acidity.  I wasn’t sure what exactly was off about this bottle, but I’ve had it enough times to know this one wasn’t perfect (95A).

  • 95p
This legendary vintage was harvested on the 23 and 24 September, giving only the equivalent of 9,800 bottles to the whole, wide yearning world. It makes one feel vertiginous to know that the whole champagne world is waiting for this assessment, especially if I do not really feel that I can make any decisive assessment. This wine is assuredly as tough as the 96 Salon, but at the same time oily and opulent, which leads to conclusions that cry out for early drinking. Nothing could be more erroneous. If one wants to experience the entire spectrum one will have to wait for at least 15 years after the launch. The elegance is tremendous. Starting to be fantastic in 2010.
  • 97p
Razorsharp acidity,citrus, green apple, reneclaude, decent unripe passionfruit, nut tones, toast, brioche, vanilla in the nose but not in the palate, fresh, mouthcleaning long finish, At this stage 98, potential to 100, so I will rate 99.
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

6

Other wines from this producer

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Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

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Krug Rosé

Krug Vintage

Private Cuvée

Inside Information

In the Cellar #1110
Nov 2010
Antonio Galloni 100 Drink: N/A $2042-$2072
Once again I am completely floored by Krug’s Clos du Mesnil, which remains in my opinion the very finest wine to emerge from Champagne in 1996, and one of the greatest wines ever made in any region. The clarity, precision and focus of the fruit are simply breathtaking, while the overall sense of balance is phenomenal. The wine dances on the palate with the grace of a ballerina in a stunning display of class and elegance from start to finish. In a word: perfect.
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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

Thursday night was at 11 Madison, some publications’ #1 restaurant in the world.  Sometimes being #1 isn’t enough, as they recently closed for a renovation, I think in July.  We kicked things off with a flight of the best Champagne on Earth, Krug’s Clos du Mesnil.  We had an inauspicious beginning with a less than perfect bottle of 1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil.  Usually this wine is in the 98 point territory for me, but this bottle seemed more open than usual, a bit shut down and not possessing its usual, blistering acidity.  I wasn’t sure what exactly was off about this bottle, but I’ve had it enough times to know this one wasn’t perfect (95A).

1m 29d ago

98p
 Sebastien Abric / Acker Merrall & Condit, Pro (France)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

Very rich, fresh, big, deep, buttery as well, very very long in the mouth. Amazing

9m 11d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

There was a special horizontal of 1996 Champagnes as one of the main attractions, so I dipped in and out for a few reference points. I started at the ultimate reference point for Champagne, the 1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil, the reference point being the Clos du Mesnil part, but the more that I think about it, there is nothing wrong making it 1996 as well. This was legendary as always, and out of magnum, a rocket man of a Champagne fueled by lasers and diamonds. This was beyond rich; it was wealthy, and it glowed in the glass like yellow sunshine (98M).

10m 18d ago

97p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"This legendary vintage was harvested on the 23 and 24 September, giving only the equivalent of 9,800 bottles to the whole, wide yearning world. It makes one feel vertiginous to know that the whole champagne world is waiting for this assessment, especially if I do not really feel that I can make any decisive assessment. This wine is assuredly as tough as the 96 Salon, but at the same time oily and opulent, which leads to conclusions that cry out for early drinking. Nothing could be more erroneous. If one wants to experience the entire spectrum one will have to wait for at least 15 years after the launch. The elegance is tremendous. Starting to be fantastic in 2010."

1y 5m ago

98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"The Emperor kept himself and his other guests busy with a magnum of 1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil, which was a big, rich, buttery beast, all the more so since it was out of magnum. It was razor sharp and mountainous in its character, long and strong. ‘The longer the better,’ The Emperor sagely advised, and it was easy to see why Clos du Mesnil is the Romanee-Conti of Champagne. This was a laser of Star Wars proportion (98+M)."

1y 6m ago

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 Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"Razorsharp acidity,citrus, green apple, reneclaude, decent unripe passionfruit, nut tones, toast, brioche, vanilla in the nose but not in the palate, fresh, mouthcleaning long finish, At this stage 98, potential to 100, so I will rate 99."

1y 8m ago

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 Jason Lee / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"Faintly developed, pale colour. A ripe, fruity nose: fresh with a full, young-at-heart character. Thoroughly firm acid structure and concentrated fruitiness. Ripe apple hints, but the total aroma spectrum was not yet fully developed. A mineral-like, crusty mouthfeel and a very long aftertaste. Fine already, but please be patient enough to store it at least for a decade."

1y 9m ago

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"Crystal clear pale lemony colour with a green tinge. Creamy, delicate and caramelized nose of ripe tropical fruits and of nuts. The palate is a bomb: magnificent steely and focused lemony acidity. Medium-bodied and extremely refined and elegant. The wine is in a very youthful stage showing astonishing purity. Only 8607 bottles and 602 Magnums were made on this superb vintage. This will be close to immortal."

1y 11m ago

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"Purely amazin. This will become one of the greatest wines in time!"

2y 6m ago

98p
 Dirk Niepoort / Niepoort, Wine Maker (Portugal)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996 -a great blanc de blanc. a perfect match between lot s of acidity, richness, power and intensity combined with a fantastic creaminess due to the long time on the yeast. still too young but giving lots of promisses. very close to perfection."

4y 10m ago

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"Deep lemon gold colour.. Dusty, oku ot so fresh nose.wax and soft spices and apple jam. Concentrated, sherry barrel, long and so powerful and lenar. Not very charming tosdy. Point go for potential.oak is prominent."

4y 10m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Krug Clos du Mesnil 1996  ( Krug )

"Clos du Mesnil is the Romanee Conti of Champagne, and 1996 is arguably its greatest vintageâ•œever. One has to go back to 1928 to find a vintage of comparable quality, per the Champagne man himself, Richard Juhlin. It is nice to see theory and practice come together. No matter how great any other 1996 Champagne may be, the Krug C du M takes the concentration and weight levels up a notch."

4y 10m ago

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