Krug Clos du Mesnil

Region Champagne-Ardenne, France
Grape Chardonnay
Category Champagne
Brand Krug Champagne

1998 Krug Clos du Mesnil is unique
Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 successfully reveals the calm purity of the iconic walled-garden of Chardonnay in the year 1998.

  • Krug’s Clos du Mesnil is amongst the very few rare plots that can give a great Champagne.
  • This small walled single vineyard sits in the heart of Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the most renowned villages for Chardonnay in the Champagne region.
  • This tiny vineyard of just 1.84 hectare makes Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 extremely rare.
  • Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 is a special landmark, marking the 300th birthday of the Clos.
  • Together with Krug’s other cuvees, it has made Krug the world’s best-rated Champagne for years.
  • Like all Krug Champagnes, it can age beautifully

The year 1998 in the village of Mesnil-Sur-Oger
Mild weather in the spring and high temperatures in August were succeeded by heavy rains in early September, then radiant sunshine during harvest. The great winners of that year were Chardonnays, even more so for the Chardonnays from Mesnil-sur-Oger: the wines were fresh, lively, aromatic and elegant; their immense potential was clear from the start.

Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 in essence
The House of Krug chose to create Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 because the year 1998 succeeded in fully expressing the potential of this walled plot. It is the fifth Krug Clos du Mesnil of the 1990s (1990, 1992, 1995, 1996).

  • It exalts the crisp purity of a single walled plot of vines (called a clos in French): Krug’s Clos du Mesnil in the heart of the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, of a single grape variety: Chardonnay, of a single year: the year 1998.
  • It reveals a precise signature and a striking grace, after resting in the cellar for at least ten years.

Tasting Notes

  • Luminous pale golden colour, a picture of finesse and harmony.
  • Mineral aromas combined with those of candied fruit, praline and white truffle, boasting intense purity.
  • Flavours of citrus fruit, vanilla and herbs with chiselled structure, velvet texture and persistent finish.

Joseph Krug was born in 1800 in the German town of Mainz, part of France’s Napoleonic empire at the time. Growing up at the heart of the Moselle, he was exposed early on to winegrowing as fragmented as the Champagne region he would one day call home. He became a talented, purposeful young man and spoke three languages.

Setting off at 24 as a trader and commercial traveler, he finally arrived in Paris in 1834. It was an exciting time where he lived in a creative milieu peopled by artists. Dreaming of making his mark in the world of Champagne, Joseph leaped at an opportunity that would eventually lead him to greatness: Joseph Krug was employed by Jacquesson, the leading Champagne House of the time. He quickly became a partner, travelled widely, mixed with the influential, but was far from satisfied.For him, the essence of Champagne was pleasure, yet variables in the weather could make quality waver dramatically from one year to the next. Joseph dreamed of another way beyond the constraints that compromised Champagne quality.At the age of 42, a time when most in his position would be close to retiring, he left the security of a comfortable career to risk it all. It was not an easy decision to take, especially considering he had married into the Jacquesson dynasty. But he was ready to put his vision to the test.

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