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1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France

Wine Notes

Average Price of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD: $1,878

Search Rank 196 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 196th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 140th

Score: 98   When to drink: 2011 to 2036
The Wine-Searcher score of 98/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score When to drink
100/100    
99/100   2011 to 2036
96/100    
20/20    
18/20    
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Price History for 1996 Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France
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Grape Variety

Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America.

Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is no easy task. While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety's intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in ...more


Region
  • Blanc de Blancs is white Champagne made exclusively from white-wine grapes; the phrase Blanc de Blancs is French for "white of whites". It is, in one regard, the exact opposite of Blanc de Noirs.

    The most commonly used variety in Blancs de Blancs wine is Chardonnay. This is hardly surprising, given Chardonnay's high status and popularity in the Champagne region. Less obvious, however, are the other four grape varieties that the appellation laws permit for use: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, ...more

  • Champagne is the name of the world’s most famous sparkling wine, the appellation under which it is sold, and the French wine region from which it comes. While it has been used to refer to sparkling wines from all over the world – a point of much controversy and legal wrangling in recent decades – Champagne is a legally controlled and restricted na...more

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