1995 Krug - Clos du Mesnil 750ml

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WS 97   WA 94   RJ 93   IWC 92(+?)   Collector 80
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

A barrel-fermented style. Shows a slight oxidative character, with whole-grain toast, ginger, exotic citrus and honey notes. Big and dry, with a firm structure and a tactile sensation on the finish. A Champagne for food. 120 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 1995-2015
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 1995 Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil is a beautiful, delicate, medium-bodied Champagne offering hints of flint, chalk, white peaches, honeyed grapefruit, and lemon zest. This beautiful Chardonnay tastes of liquid minerals and reeks of terroir.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 93

When newly disgorged this wine was somewhat too immature for its future prospects to be completely ascertainable. Its purity and clarity are fascinating, as are its acidity and apple-like fruitiness. Clearly impelled by mineral with an as yet too faint exoticism and a flavour of almond.

Author: Richard Juhlin

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($776) Light gold, with a slow mousse. Complex aromas of buttered nuts, brioche, honey, yellow peach and apricot seem evolved and open-knit. But this is surprisingly brisk on the palate, showing edgier, more citrus-driven pink grapefruit and lime flavors. The bitter citrus zest flavors are powerful and almost painfully concentrated. Displays the combination of richness and tart tones that is typical of this vintage. Clos du Mesnil has always been Krug's single-vintage statement, but one has to wonder what could have been had Krug blended some '96 or another lively vintage's juice into this.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 123

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 80
Author: will1408
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/01/2015
Drink Dates: 2005
good aged chardonnay, lost its fizz

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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About This Producer

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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