Krug Clos Du Mesnil
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Krug Clos Du Mesnil 2003
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Krug Clos Du Mesnil 2003 Champagne

More vintages: 1998, 2000, 2002Just 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 its 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 2003 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 2003 is a very young wine and cellared in the cool and dark it will develop elegantly for at least 30 years.

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

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Decanter.com,
Feb 2016
97/100
“Even in this bad-tempered vintage, the earth-shaking minerality of Krug’s single-vineyard Clos du Mesnil could not be dampened. It utterly trumps the phenolic grip of the season, which fades into complete oblivion. It wields a shining white citrus sabre that slices through its core with razor precision. This is not just the best Champagne of 2003, it is an entrancing wine by any standards, vintage aside.
JancisRobinson.com,
Jan 2016
18+/20
“ID 314058. Less explosive on the nose than the Clos du Mesnil 1999 (tasted but not released because not deemed up to scratch) but with real presence on the palate. Lots to bite on. Neat and a little more obviously exuberant than the 2000 Clos du Mesnil tasted the previous evening. Certainly no shortage of acidity. And lots of potential to age.
Drink 2013-2025”
EssiAvellan.com,
Feb 2015
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93/100
“Strong, oaky, charred, super intense nose showing beautiful evolution and yeasty and toasty depth. Really powerful with mild oxidative notes but backed up with plenty of acidity and vibrancy. Still very soft and overt for Clos du Mesnil. This is still youhful and the oak will get better integrated over time.”
WineSpectator.com,
Dec 2014
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97/100
“Incredibly fresh and vibrant, this stunning Champagne weaves a tightly knit skein of ripe pear and tangy yellow plum fruit flavors together, with accents of rich pastry cream, toasted brioche, elderflower, ground cardamom and coffee liqueur. Shows a beautiful texture. A thread of salinity winds through to the lasting finish. Disgorged fall 2013. Drink now through 2029.”
VinousMedia.com,
Nov 2014
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94+/100
“The 2003 Clos du Mesnil is insanely beautiful. Vivid, resonant and textured in the glass, the 2003 boasts magnificent depth and pure breed. Since I last tasted it a few months ago, the 2003 has begun to shut down, which is probably a great sign for its future and overall longevity. Hints of smoke, slate and dried pear gradually open up in the glass, but the 2003 mostly stands out for its exceptional finesse.”
JancisRobinson.com,
Jul 2014
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18.5/20
“2003 was especially difficult in Mesnil, because the frost in early April halved the crop. 8,671 bottles and 659 magnums were made. Harvested 27 and 29 August. Really impressive nose -- very broad, creamy, and flinty, with a little bit of reductiveness combining with a smoky flavour and a lovely dairy yoghurt character. Dry and savoury, fabulous length and intensity on the palate. The reputation of this cuvée is deserved in the sense of the sheer quality of flavours and the massive depth on display. It doesn’t seem clumsy in the way that some 2003s do --but it isn’t doesn't have the defining acidity of, say, Salon 2002. In fact it is quite soft. The real attraction, though, is the range and power of the nose.”
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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