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  • Country ranking ?

    264
  • Producer ranking ?

    18
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2010 2005 2000
1 329€ +15.0% 1 156€ +34.6% 859€ +178.0% 309€ +53.7% 201€

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

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Yellow

flavors

Apricot, Mushrooms and Citrus

nose

Intense, Complex, Opulent and Refined

taste

Average in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, Focused, Fresh and Dry

Written Notes

We began with a trio of Clos du Mesnils, and they set the tone early.  The 1989 Krug Clos du Mesnil was nutty and full bodied with lots of heavy cream and rich butter flavors.  Heavy and creamy appeared again in my notes, as it was an outstanding plus bottle, hitting lots of oily notes with rock star acidity (97).

  • 97p

Towards lemon yellow. Apples, some citrus, fresh, fruity, some minerals nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, apples, minerals, candied lemons, detailed, nuanced, lovely balance, long. 97

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Light, yellow colour. Intense, pure and lean nose with fresh green apples and touch of creamy toastiness. Dry and crisp palate is intense and shows great concentration of fruit and minerals. Lovely toasty minerality. Pronounced green apple and lemon zest tones in the persistent, long and lingering finish. Super solid champagne! – JL – Aug 25, 2018

  • 98p
Missing a little bit the fruit, in the palate with some blurring, present acidity, toast, creaminess, nuts, some petrol, middle long finish, 95, I think it won't be better over time
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Glass time

45min

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Vintage

Inside Information

In the Cellar 
Jul 2011
Antonio Galloni 96 Drink: N/A $1150
The 1989 Clos du Mesnil, from a warmer year, makes for a fascinating contrast to the cool inward 1988. It is a bigger, fatter wine that caresses the palate with layers of expansive, generous fruit. Sweet scents of caramel, hazelnuts and honey add complexity to the fruit. Despite its burnished, textured fruit, the 1989 remains light on its feet and superbly well-balanced but it is at, or close to, peak. To put things in perspective, the 1989 was harvested at the beginning of September – the 7th and 8th to be exact – while the 1988 was harvested between September 30th and October 2nd.
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