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  • Country ranking ?

    99
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    none
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Aged Comté cheese

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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.

The vineyard was secretly replanted over eight years, and it was not until 1979 that the first harvest was deemed to fulfil expectations. When the wine was tasted, it proved so outstanding that the Krugs decided to bottle it on its own. There would be no "assemblage” – a bold decision amply justified by the exquisite quality of the single ingredient.

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Wine Information

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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Vintage 1979

A piercingly cold winter delayed the start of the growing season and was followed by a decidedly cool spring with some frosts in May. As a result, growth was subdued but initial flowering was good. The weather improved in June and July with nice sunshine and gentle heat creating excellent conditions for ripening. Despite rainfall during harvest, sugar and acidity levels remained high and disease pressure didn't mount too much of an assault, producing Champagnes of impressive character and length. On top of quality, great quantity was also achieved, with an average crop of 11,061 kg/ha being picked between October 3rd and 31st. The Chardonnays were particularly successful and high-yielding. Krug Clos du Mesnil is sheer perfection, going from strength to strength over the years. There are plenty of great Champagnes still in outstanding form. They include Krug Vintage, Louis Roederer Cristal, as well as Lanson Vintage Collection and Noble Cuvée.

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
3 590€ +6.3% 3 378€ +4.2% 3 243€ +5.4% 3 078€ -4.1% 3 211€ +311.7% 780€ +59.2% 490€

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

22 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Gold and Pale

ending

Long and Lingering

flavors

Mineral, Vanilla, Coffee, Toasty, Honey and Creamy

nose

Mature, Pure, Complex and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Complex, Concentrated, Well-structured, Developing, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Rich, Harmonious and Dry

Verdict

Well-rounded and Excellent

Written Notes

The 1979 Krug Clos du Mesnil was Montrachet-like with its buttery butter bomb of a personality.  This was a little oakier at first, but it turned into woodsy goodness.  WOW, this wine had the intensity and sweetness of a DRC Montrachet.  This was an ‘epic’ Champagne, roasted and reminiscent of ‘toasted apricots’ per the French Paradox.  While starting to mellow and ‘not so fizzy like the others’ per the Comte, make no mistake about it: this was a stone-cold stunner (99)!

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Clos du Mesnil's first vintage was this 1979. The vines yield just enough Chardonnay in good years to make 1,000 cases. This is a very minute production compared with the other prestige champagnes. The 1979 vintage was very good in Champagne region. Warm spring and fine summer. Good maturation. The harvest took place rather late in the season. Fine looking bottle. Decanted for 20 minutes. Pale and clean yellow colour. A fabulous bottle, full of life, yet elegant, round and mature. Tiny bubbles, lively persistent mousse. Toasty, delicate and complex mineral bouquet. It has an enormous personality and individuality. Exotic taste with candied fruits, strawberry, coffee, honey and toasty flavours. On the palate the taste is quite dry and vigorous with super rich and long aftertaste, which went on and on.
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

30min

Drinking temperature

8

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Inside Information

In the Cellar 
Jul 2011
Antonio Galloni 99 Drink: N/A $5700
The 1979 Krug Clos du Mesnil is one of my all-time favorites. It boasts mind-blowing intensity in its dazzling layers of mineral-infused fruit. At times the 1979 comes across as intensely pointed and focused, but it changes constantly in the glass, showing elements of richness and creaminess as well. There is fabulous depth and purity in the 1979, not to mention an insanely beautiful, palate-staining finish. The 1979 was picked on October 9th, one of the latest harvests on record for the Clos.
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