Our last wine is another white of sorts. Krug’s Clos du Mesnil is a top-of-the-line Champagne cuvée only outdone and out-priced by Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay. Clos D’Ambonnay is a relative newcomer to the party, only having been made since 1995. So, we’ll have to focus on the Clos du Mesnil, which, at $1,000 a bottle for the latest release, the 1998, is less than half the price of the Clos d’Ambonnay!
This Blanc de Blanc, single-vineyard Champagne is highly sought-after, so the fact that only about 1,000 cases are produced each vintage, and not every year can be a vintage year in Champagne, has a significant effect on its pricing. Still, at even half the price it’s expensive, so the decades of track record, and fancy bottle, must also be at work with this very expensive bottle of Champagne!