2002 Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Blend - 750ML
  • JS 100
  • WE 99
  • WS 98
  • W&S 98
  • AG 96
  • AG 95

Reg: $899.00

$875.00

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Reg: $899.00

$875.00

This product is
out of stock

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JS 100
jamessuckling.com, October 2016
This is a wine with staggering length and immense purity. It's as powerful as chardonnay can be, showcasing an incredible depth of pure fresh lemons, yellow grapefruit, honey and dried white and yellow flowers. The... This is a wine with staggering length and immense purity. It's as powerful as chardonnay can be, showcasing an incredible depth of pure fresh lemons, yellow grapefruit, honey and dried white and yellow flowers. The concentration and complexity of primary fruits are outstanding, and there are some more exotic flavors here too in the peach and green-mango spectrum. The texture is ultra-fine and creamy through the mid-palate, its majestic curves sweeping long around a sturdy mineral core. This is very silky and focused, offering gently creamy moments before twisting towards a composed, restricted and compressed chalk-like finish. It delivers an impression of chardonnay that captures incredible richness, fleshiness, persistence and power. Yet the acidity is staggering while being simultaneously perfectly balanced. Drink now but this will have a lot more to come after 2020.
WE 99
Wine Enthusiast, December 2016
Pure Chardonnay from the walled vineyard in the heart of Le Mesnil, this intense wine from a great vintage is tight and mineral, still showing hints of toast from its barrel fermentation. With its taut texture, complex... Pure Chardonnay from the walled vineyard in the heart of Le Mesnil, this intense wine from a great vintage is tight and mineral, still showing hints of toast from its barrel fermentation. With its taut texture, complex acidity and crisp citrus, it's very young, but will age indefinitely. Showing the beauty of Chardonnay in Champagne at its best, it will certainly still be impressive come 2030.
WS 98
Wine Spectator, November 2016
A lovely, lacy Champagne, with ripe apricot, fennel seed and espresso aromas. This caresses the palate with a finely detailed mousse and expansive flavors of pineapple pâte de fruit, toasted brioche, fleur de sel and... A lovely, lacy Champagne, with ripe apricot, fennel seed and espresso aromas. This caresses the palate with a finely detailed mousse and expansive flavors of pineapple pâte de fruit, toasted brioche, fleur de sel and grated ginger. Long and chalky on the finish, this is a prima ballerina, showing power cloaked in grace. Disgorged winter 2015. Drink now through 2032. –AN
W&S 98
Wine & Spirits, December 2016
The most extreme of the four Krug wines our panel tasted for this issue, the single-vineyard Clos de Mesnil presents chardonnay at its most severe. In fact, the flinty reduction put off some of our tasters. (I had the... The most extreme of the four Krug wines our panel tasted for this issue, the single-vineyard Clos de Mesnil presents chardonnay at its most severe. In fact, the flinty reduction put off some of our tasters. (I had the opposite reaction, scribbling, “Wow, smells like roast veal in heaven.”) The wine’s acidity proves to be elastic, starting out narrow and powerfully chalky before stretching to encompass all the richness the wine reveals as it opens with air. The structure tightens around luscious lemon-curd flavors with its youthfully green lime-zest chardonnay grip. By definition this is less complete than the 2002 Krug (above); on the other hand, it is more distinct, demonstrating the depth and detail one variety and one parcel of vines can achieve in an extraordinary vintage.
AG 96
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, August 2016
The 2002 Clos du Mesnil is brilliant right out of the gate. Vibrant, focused and crystalline, the 2002 hits all the right notes. Lemon peel, grapefruit, slate and white flowers give the 2002 its high-toned personality... The 2002 Clos du Mesnil is brilliant right out of the gate. Vibrant, focused and crystalline, the 2002 hits all the right notes. Lemon peel, grapefruit, slate and white flowers give the 2002 its high-toned personality. The ripeness of the vintage has softened some of the typically angular young Clos du Mesnil contours. Best of all the 2002 is a rare Clos du Mesnil that drinks well right out of the gate, even if it will surely be more complex with more time in bottle. The 2002 has been absolutely stellar on both occasions I have tasted it so far. The 2002 was vinified by Nicolas Audebert, who is now making the wines at Rauzan-Ségla and Canon.
AG 95
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2017
The 2002 Clos du Mesnil is wonderfully pliant and expressive in the glass. The radiant personality of the year comes through in the wine's ripe, tropically-leaning flavors and open-knit personality. I imagine the 2002... The 2002 Clos du Mesnil is wonderfully pliant and expressive in the glass. The radiant personality of the year comes through in the wine's ripe, tropically-leaning flavors and open-knit personality. I imagine the 2002 will develop at a relatively fast pace by Clos du Mesnil standards. Even so, there is more than enough freshness underpinning the fruit to support at least two decades of very fine drinking.
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 2002