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?
While they only produce Clos du Mesnil in exceptional years, it's easier to list the vintages not produced since 1979. No Clos du Mesnil was not produced in 1984, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 (Salon's production this year makes Krug's decision curious), 1999, and 2001. Also, the 2003 was released prior to the 2002.
Little known fun fact: Krug actually did make Clos du Mesnil in 1999, but they decided at the last minute not to release it after the last tasting before labelling. It will never be sold, and not all of it has been disgorged but I tasted a bottle at the maison in 2017.