1988 Krug - Clos du Mesnil 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

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.

Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: In The Cellar 2011

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97+

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 99

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 97

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?

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

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.

Drink Dates: 2004-2015
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

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!

Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Average rating: 97, based on 5 reviews
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186 bottles owned by 62 collectors.

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Krug Champagnes are famous for their rich, nutty, elegant and extremely food-friendly nature. Founded in 1843 by German immigrant Johann-Joseph Krug, the house has since been run by many generations of the Krug family, and the general style of the champagne has evolved along with that progression. Depending on the blend, a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier is used, and fermentation takes place in small French oak barriques. Aging can run anywhere from five to seven years on lees, and in the case of the Collection series, as much as fifteen to twenty years.

Krug's most prestigious wine is its vintage Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) from the grand cru vineyard site Clos du Mesnil.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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