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Krug Brut Champagne Blanc de Blancs Clos de Mesnil 1990

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96-98 points Richard Juhlin: I have harbored enormous expectations for this wine. The foremost vintage in recent years combined with--in my opinion--the world's foremost vineyard. I was initially disappointed when the wine exhibited a relatively coarse side, with oxidative notes of maturity akin to the Salon of the same vintage. After a while, clear and unexpected aromas of papaya and melon arose. This wave was followed by a spicy breeze, laden with juniper elements. The oxide note disappeared and the taste suddenly felt keenly acidity and slightly one-dimensional. After fifteen minutes in the glass the wine finally found itself. Suddenly, it became incredibly subtle and multifaceted, just as it headed into its last and--in my opinion--best phase: the 'Selosse Phase!' Never before have I found a wine with a scent reminiscent of the 1986 Selosse that I had six years ago. The last sips were like rekindling an old love in a new body. The fascinating wine journey on which this Champagne will take you will be shortened the longer you wait before opening a bottle. On the other hand, those who are patient will drink a significantly better wine. One year after launching, the wine is much more stable and now totally in its 'Selosse Phase'. (Mar 2005)

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96-98 points Richard Juhlin: I have harbored enormous expectations for this wine. The foremost vintage in recent years combined with--in my opinion--the world's foremost vineyard. I was initially disappointed when the wine exhibited a relatively coarse side, with oxidative notes of maturity akin to the Salon of the same vintage. After a while, clear and unexpected aromas of papaya and melon arose. This wave was followed by a spicy breeze, laden with juniper elements. The oxide note disappeared and the taste suddenly felt keenly acidity and slightly one-dimensional. After fifteen minutes in the glass the wine finally found itself. Suddenly, it became incredibly subtle and multifaceted, just as it headed into its last and--in my opinion--best phase: the 'Selosse Phase!' Never before have I found a wine with a scent reminiscent of the 1986 Selosse that I had six years ago. The last sips were like rekindling an old love in a new body. The fascinating wine journey on which this Champagne will take you will be shortened the longer you wait before opening a bottle. On the other hand, those who are patient will drink a significantly better wine. One year after launching, the wine is much more stable and now totally in its 'Selosse Phase'. (Mar 2005)

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