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  • Country ranking ?

    562
  • Producer ranking ?

    46
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Shrimps in cream curry sauce

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100 points Wine Enthusiast

A wine that has created its own universe. It has a unique, special softness that allies with the total purity that comes from a small, enclosed single vineyard. The fruit is almost irrelevant here, because it comes as part of a much deeper complexity. This is a great wine, at the summit of Champagne, a sublime, unforgettable experience.  (12/2010) 

97 points Wine Spectator

 A minerally vein and finely tuned acidity structure this elegant 1998, with expressive notes of orchard blossom, hazelnut, dried apricot, pastry, lemon cream and crystallized pineapple sitting on a texture of finely spun silk. Features a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2028. 

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 1998 Brut Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil has come together beautifully since I tasted it last year. This is a remarkably taut, focused bottle of the 1998 with great energy and minerality in its precise, crystalline fruit. I don't expect the 1998 to be one of the longest-lived Mesnils, but if this bottle is any indication, it should continue to drink well for a number of years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.

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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 1.84-hectare vineyard overlooked by the village church has been protected by walls since 1698. It is located in the heart of Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the most iconic villages for Chardonnay in the Champagne region. Krug’s savoir-faire has successfully revealed the intense and calm purity, chiselled structure and persistent aromas of this single walled plot in the year 1998, enhanced by over ten years in the cellar, thus gaining finesse and elegance.

 

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2011 2010
834€ -6.3% 890€ +43.3% 621€ +10.5% 562€

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12,000 bottles and 200 magnums produced. Tasted at Decanter Krug dinner.
Much more open and developed on the nose than the regular 1998 vintage Krug. Really quite light and toasty, but without the density of the regular 1998 and without outstanding refreshment value. (JR)

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

8

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Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 could be enjoyed with different fish and shellfish dishes, including the opulence of fish or chicken in a rich cream sauce or shrimps in cream curry sauce with fresh aromatic ginger as well as the smoothness of great caviar.

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