Krug   Clos du Mesnil

2000 Clos du Mesnil

By Krug

2000 Clos du Mesnil from Krug

Indeed the turn of the century beheld an exceptional gift for wine connoisseurs - a bottle of magnificence, the 2000 Clos du Mesnil from Krug. This remarkable vintage embodies exquisite precision, a testament to the acclaimed Champagne house's meticulous cultivation techniques and the blessings of the year's climatic conditions on their singular plot.


The Distinctive Harmony of Climatic Conditions and Terroir

The year 2000 was subjected to a long winter, followed by a sprint summer before entering an atypical but blessed ripening period. These conditions precipitated a harvest dazzling in its abundance and quality, its shimmering grace mirrored by each bubble in your flute. Built largely upon chardonnay grapes, this sparkling wine expresses vibrant symphonies from the delicate dynamics of nature.


The Elixir of Exception

Tasting the 2000 Clos du Mesnil from Krug reveals luscious layers of toasted almond, complemented with a prickle of crisp apple, underscored by subtle whispers of caramel. The wine exhibits an inviting complexity, a labyrinthine seduction luring senses deeper into its enigmatic allure with every sip. A carefully calibrated minerality underpins it all, strung like a silver chord through this fine melody.


An Investment Prospect like No Other

The audacious finesse of the 2000 Clos du Mesnil from Krug precipitates not just novel bouquets or tantalising gustatory ecstasy, but additionally possesses intriguing investment possibilities. With its blossoming reputation, limited production challenges, and staggering potential for longevity, it indisputably is one of the leading contenders for any discerning fine wine investors.


Conclusion: Encounter Excellence Inside Each Effervescent Bubble

Henceforth, let it be known - savouring the 2000 Clos du Mesnil from Krug is akin to partaking in a joyous ballet of bubbles where precision meets celebration. Beyond just another bottle from their repertoire, it’s an emblem of a year's unique story narrated through every effervescent sphere rising in your crystal glass. Delicately woven between these bubbles forever remains the distinctive character and synergistic vibrancy. So, raise your glass filled with this sparkling golden serenade and toast to another spectacular creation by Krug.

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Krug’s 2000 Brut Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil represents the most recent incarnation of a nowadays insanely expensive bottling from a 4.5-acre enclave that they have made legendary with dedicated bottlings beginning with 1979, and which – unlike this house’s “regular” Vintage Brut – is “declared” nearly every year. A striking aromatic evocation of sea breeze, with oyster and mussel shells corresponds with surprising closeness to the initial aromatic impression made by Krug’s “regular” 2000 vintage bottling. But here, gingerbread and candied lemon rind, vanilla and heliotrope emerge from behind the maritime veil, anticipating the ripeness accompanied by transparency to mineral nuances that is revealed on an infectiously juicy and texturally ultra-refined palate. The interaction of maritime mineral, lemony citric, floral and spice elements carries with subtlety and impressive persistence. This is frankly a bit youthfully austere, and I imagine that it will take another year or two for it to begin to tip its full hand; but there is little doubt that nature dealt it a lucky set of cards. It should merit following for at least 12-15 years. Krug – part of the Louis-Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy luxury goods empire since 1999 – continues to release wines fully worthy of their house’s exalted reputation that reflect inter alia the effects of micro-vinification in barrel and an (in the best sense) laissez-faire and leisurely attitude toward elevage and bottle-aging. (Although – for what little this may be worth – count me among those who find the metalicized labels that now adorn their bottles glitzy, and as such slightly incongruous with their contents). Director Olivier Krug represents his family’s sixth generation, assisted by veteran cellarmaster Eric Lebel and oenologist Julie Cavil. Most Champagne lovers will realize that each bottle from Krug nowadays comes with an identification number enabling the consumer to research its approximate disgorgement date – and

David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 29 November 2013

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