Benefits of the Beneficio system of the Douro last week touched on by Xoel Cantero Alvarez, Blake Leja, Jeremy Eubanks and Mark Shipway. Obrigado!
This week: Clos du Mesnil
Tell us its history. Where is it located? What are the soils like? Who makes it? What is the current release? What was the first vintage? What grapes is it composed of? Should I ask another question?
Krug’s first single vineyard wine. This wine is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay from the renowned Clos du Mesnil vineyard within the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côtes de Blancs, which the family acquired in 1971.
They started to carefully restore the vineyard to its previous glory by replanting the Chardonnay vines one section at a time. By 1979 the vintage had achieved the quality Krug was aiming for and was therefore the first vintage of the Krug Clos du Mesnil. The production of the Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil is around 12,000 bottles and the current release is 2004.
The Clos du Mesnil is an exception to the Krug rule of blending.
This historic vineyard has been enclosed by a stone wall since 1698 and is set on a southeast-facing slope and is sheltered from the weather by its wall and surrounding houses.
The soils are chalky with marine fossils and a sub-layer of limestone soil known as "Kimmeridgian".