Krug Clos Du Mesnil
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Krug Clos Du Mesnil 1998
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Krug Clos Du Mesnil 1998 Champagne

More vintages: 2000, 2002, 2003Just five years after Joseph Krug founded the Champagne House in 1843, he documented his great vision for Krug. In his notebook, he revealed the principles of creating a champagne of great richness and yet great elegance, of selecting only the finest elements from the greatest terroirs, rejecting mediocre fruit and making both a non-vintage and a vintage cuvée (revolutionary at the time). Discovered by Olivier Krug just four years ago, the ideals in this notebook and Krug's resolute commitment to them, has secured it's position as the most luxurious and exclusive of all champagnes.

Clos du Mesnil is the most famous vineyard in all of Champagne, and one of the finest Chardonnay sites outside the Grand Crus of Burgundy itself. In the heart of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, the vines were planted and the protective wall built in 1698; based on pure chalk, the east-facing slope achieves less ripeness than some of Le Mesnil's south-facing slopes, making it all the more suited to Krug's long-ageing style. Krug purchased the plot in 1971, but not until the outstanding 1979 harvest, did Olivier's father suggest they should make a single wine; from one grape, one year, and one little garden. The great winners of the 1998 vintage were Chardonnays, particularly the Chardonnays from Mesnil-sur-Oger; with mild weather in the spring, high temperatures in August and radiant sunshine during harvest, the wines potential was clear from the start - fresh, lively, aromatic and elegant.

A unique luminous pale gold colour, there are aromas of candied fruit and white truffle; it is immediately clear this has intense purity. On the palate, flavours of citrus fruit, vanilla and herbs combine with a velvety texture and persistent finish. Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 is a special landmark, marking the 300th birthday of the Clos, and it will age beautifully.

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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VinousMedia.com,
May 2013
97+/100
“The 1998 Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil has developed beautifully since I last tasted it. What a wine. For the first few years of its life, the 1998 seemed to lack personality, then, suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, it blossomed. Today, the 1998 is rich, powerful and explosive, none of which was a few years ago. Layers of textured fruit, pastry, spices and crushed rocks jump from the glass. Still an infant, the 1998 promises to drink well for two to three decades. This is without question the best bottle of the 1998 I have ever tasted. Time to do another complete vertical?”
EssiAvellan.com,
Jul 2013
92/100
“Yeasty and toasty nose of bread dough, apple jam and cider, wax, menthol and spices. Quite a unique nose. Buttery and citric at the same time on the palate of width and length. Salty and mineral with light new oak nuances. Comes with power and spine for further bottle ageing. Not as refined as the best vintages.”
WineSpectator.com,
Nov 2012
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97/100
“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”
JancisRobinson.com,
Nov 2011
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18/20
“Very hot summer. Very crisp, powerful and refreshing nose with quite a bit of development. Almost aggressively bracing. There's a hint of ginger here and then a bone dry finish. This wine is really very intellectual as opposed to hedonistic. At the moment there is an almost astringent note on the end. Great nose; hard work on the palate.”
WineEnthusiast.com,
Dec 2010
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100/100
“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.”
Bought directly from Moët Hennessy, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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