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?
It, along with Phillopannat's Clos des Goisses (the first single vineyard Champagne), helped promote and legitimize the thought of terroir driven sparkling wines from a single site. When a producer such as Krug, with the history and artistry of blending using so many reserve wines, makes a single vineyard Champagne it opens the flood gates for many more to come. Krug compares Clos du Mesnil to a great soloist while their Grand Cuvee is a symphony. Not one better than the other; simply different.