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?
Another interesting point--the Clos du Mesnil cuvee came to be due to Krug's practice of aging the wines from each parcel that they contract separately. Year after year, they found that the wine from the Clos du Mesnil to be of exceptional quality that stood apart from the rest of the parcels, leading to their first foray into monoparcel Champagne.
To keep their blending philosophy somewhat alive, they vinify this small vineyard in six different lots. It's a bit of a stretch to think that this is anything more than a gimmick with such a small homogeneous area, though, which is probably why they don't talk about it much.