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Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998


Krug Clos du Mesnil, a very rare Champagne, showcases the unique character
of a single plot of Chardonnay, harvested in 1998. The 1.84-hectare vineyard
overlooked by the village church has been protected by walls since 1698.
It is located in the heart of Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the most iconic villages
for Chardonnay in the Champagne region.

Tasting notes

Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 is a picture of finesse and harmony. A unique luminous pale golden colour. Mineral aromas combined with those of candied fruit, praline and white truffle, boasting intense purity. In the palate flavours of citrus fruit, vanilla and herbs with chiselled structure, velvet texture and persistent finish will amaze you.

Eric Lebel
Chef de Caves, Krug

Portrait of Eric Lebel
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).

In 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 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.
Eric Lebel

Food pairing

Storing & serving

  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 1
    The richness of your Krug Champagne is fully revealed between 9°C and 12°C (49°F - 54°F). Serving your bottle too cold would refrain the aromas’expression.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 2
    Krug has created The Joseph, a unique crystal glass whose shape enables the bubbles to reach their optimal expression and allows the discovery of the incredible bouquet of aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 3
    If you do not have The Joseph glass, you may prefer a white Burgundy glass to a flute, to enable the expression of Krug Champagne’s flavors and aromas.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 4
    As a Prestige Cuvée, Krug Champagnes age beautifully, the time revealing their richness and elegance.
  • Krug Grande Cuvée | 5
    Your Champagne should be stored in a wine cellar, or in a cool (between 10 to 15 °C - 50 to 59 °F) dry and away from light place, the exact conditions of Krug cellars.

“A powerhouse, featuring well-sculpted acidity and rich mineral character, showing an overall sense of finesse, with a palatecaressing texture and beautifully layered flavors of crème de cassis, black cherry pâte de fruit, treacle, dried papaya, clover honey, fennel seed and ground spice, ringing out on the finish. Drink now through 2035.” –AN

Wine Spectator 2013
Note: 98/100
Music pairing by Keziah Jones
Singer and musician
Keziah Jones
Music Experience Artist Keziah Jones

Krug Clos du Mesnil is very sharp, transporting you straight to the fruit. Thelonious Monk does the same thing. He is a composer who came from off-track ways, very direct, very sharp, very precise. He manages to bring you in, drawn you into the music and stays long in your mind.

Keziah Jones