1988 Krug Clos du Mesnil: Unprecedented

Posted by CrushWine

Provenance is everything.

Let’s be honest: If you’re going to buy old Clos du Mesnil, you'd better know that the stock is pristine.

This parcel of Clos du Mesnil comes to us from a cellar not far from the Krug maison in Reims, where they were purchased on release and have not moved since. They still remain safely nestled in their original wooden coffrets: In essence, this is perfect stock.

As you may well know, the 1988 is widely considered one of the best Clos du Mesnils of all time: There have been more than a few people who have told me they believe this is one of those "bottles of a lifetime." Ian and I have had the great fortune to drink this many times in the past couple of years, and to put it succinctly, it definitely fits that bill.

Many also consider this the best "value" Clos du Mesnil of all the greats, and certainly today’s sharp pricing lends some evidence for this. At the end of the day, the 79, 88 and 96 comprise the holy trilogy of the greatest Clos du Mesnils ever produced. Pricing for well-cellared 79s today is around $3,000 (and up) a bottle, and the 96 is between $1,300-1,500. Truly, being able to offer quantity of this CDM at this price is essentially unprecedented at this point in time.

The 88 Clos du Mesnil is in a unique place right now because it’s just entering its "zone," but candidly, this also has 20+ years on it.

Please give us your maximum order, and we will make allocations if necessary (though this is a large parcel, we expect demand to be high). We're doing our best to get these in this spring, but with warm temperatures just around the corner, we may wait until the fall to ship. To order, you may email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin

Managing Partner

Crush Wine & Spirits