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1988 Krug - Clos du Mesnil 750ml
1988 Krug - Clos du Mesnil
France - Champagne / Grand Cru
White / Chardonnay
1988 Krug - Clos du Mesnil
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International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 99

($370) Full color. Extremely fine, persistent mousse. Extraordinary mineral bath of a nose, complicated by pungent lime, iodine, peppermint and coconut; calls to mind a top Montrachet. A superconcentrated wine of incredible palate-staining intensity. Notes of toast, lemon and minerals. With its combination of powdered stone and powerful acidity, this is like a solid in the mouth, and almost painful today. Nearly a minute after swallowing this wine (spitting it is virtually impossible), the flavor had barely begun to flag. Not an easy style (this will be too powerful for some), but one of the most memorable young Champagnes I've ever tasted, and as good as virtually any chardonnay from anywhere.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Miraculously solid and savoury with a strong toastiness of its own. An extremely serious wine in its own right ideally served with food - and indeed we were treated to slivers of foie gras (with the all-important sea salt) on what one might call baguette melba toast - delicious!

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Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: In The Cellar 2011

You know you are in for a special night when the first wine served is Krug's 1988 Clos du Mesnil. Where do I start? Everything about the wine is sensational from start to finish. An endless array of crushed rocks, minerals and bright citrus emerges from this intensely pointed, chiseled Champagne. The elegance, though, is really in the texture. The wine has acquired an element of vinosity over the years, with the tiniest and finest of bubbles and simply extraordinary finesse. It is a wine of mind-blowing purity and breathtaking elegance. Simply put, wine does not get better than this. The 1988 Clos du Mesnil is an eternal wine.

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Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin Issue: Issue 1

A miracle of finesse mountain-stream-pure art when at its most subtle. Despite being only two points shy of absolute ripeness, I warn you that the wine is still very young and illusive. That I am delighted to the point of hearing angels sing is due to the delicate, subtle, spring-like beauty. Are birches more beautiful in bud or when they have just burst into leaf?

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Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson

A glorious Champagne that expresses both fresh fruit and nutty, mature elements. The interplay of spring blossoms, citrus and honey, with hazelnut, coffee and fresh grains against a backdrop of finesse and depth creates a dynamic, dramatic impression. Showing its acidic structure at this stage, but the finish previews what's to come if it's cellared.

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