Krug Clos du Mesnil 2006 in Wood Box
The House of Krug chose to create Krug Clos du Mesnil 2006 because the year 2006 succeeded in offering ideal conditions for the maturation of beautiful grapes, with the promise of revealing the full potential of this walled plot.
Krug Clos du Mesnil 2006 exalts the crisp purity of a single walled plot of vines (clos in French) in the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and of a single grape variety – Chardonnay – from a single year, 2006.
After over 12 years in Krug's cellars, it reveals a precise signature and a striking grace.
The year 2006 was considered a hot one in Champagne, with extreme highs and 23 days recorded over 30°C. It was a capricious climate that went from dry periods to intense rainfall - in August, the equivalent of 2 months of rain fell in only 2 weeks.
Fortunately, the sun returned to complete the ripening period, shining on a beautiful harvest. The grapes showed balance similar to that of 2002 and 1989, which were also beautiful and generous years.
The harvest of the Clos du Mesnil took place between 14 and 16 September 2006 and afforded beautifully mature grapes.
On the eye: At first sight, vibrant luminosity and an intense golden color redolent of ripe wheat.
On the nose: Delicate aromas of citrus, barley sugar and dried fruits with balance and freshness.
On the palate: It is generous and round with beautiful intensity. Initial hints of madeleine cake and brioche give way to notes of pastry, tarte tatin, lemon meringue, bitter orange and a little spice. The finish is long, with great tension and notes of candied ginger.
Krug Clos du Mesnil 2006 pairs beautifully with fish or shellfish dishes such as fillet of flounder in a saffron sauce, zander with beurre blanc, seared scallops or tuna carpaccio. It may also be enjoyed with delicately flavored meat dishes such as blanquette de veau.