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  • Country ranking ?

    488
  • Producer ranking ?

    36
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • 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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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 1990

Three excellent vintages in Champagne were 1988, 1989 and 1990. Initially, many considered 1990 the finest of the trio, but that mantle has since passed to 1988. Some of the 1990 champagnes have evolved more quickly than anticipated, and there can be variation among bottles and producers. Winter and early spring saw warm weather that resulted in an early bud-break, making vines susceptible to the spring frost which duly arrived in April. This led to some uneven ripening and differing levels of maturity owing to the second generation of grapes that appeared after the frost damage and thus ripened later. The summer was generally dry and warm, which produced big, powerful, concentrated and full-flavoured wines.

 

 

 

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
1 277€ +5.6% 1 209€ +7.1% 1 129€ -10.8% 1 266€ +33.7% 947€ +10.8% 855€ +126.2% 378€

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

13 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Gold

flavors

Apricot and Honey

taste

Concentrated and Full

Written Notes

We quickly got back on track with a 1990 Krug Clos du Mesnil.  This was a big, heavy and muscly Champagne.  It was long and zippy, full-bodied and flat-out great.  This was the definition of brawn for bubbly, and its palate added nice grassy and earthy components to go with its rippling fruit (96).

  • 96p
Medium deep lemony colour. Developing nose of autumn apple, straw, white flowers, aromatic wood type notes. Full and rich on the palate with power, depth and persistence. An outstanding acidic backbone combines to a pronounced nutty and creamy finish that has some oak influence. Drinking perfectly today.
  • 94p
N: rich and soft, aromatic wood, NUTS P: crisp E: Powerful and persistent, very nutty In a nutshell: An iron fist in a velvet glove Final verdict: aging slowly, layered and changing eternally in the glass
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

8

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