Tuesday, July 22, 2008
From the Department of Obscure Things: Quick, what’s the coolest little-known fact about Krug’s Clos du Mesnil?
It’s the source of Krug’s original single vineyard wine, first bottled in 1979? Yeah, everybody knows that. It’s in the middle of the village, surrounded by walls that create a special microclimate? Yawn. You probably read that in a book somewhere.
No, the coolest thing about Clos du Mesnil is the yurt. Yurts, actually, since there’s a big one for lounging in and a couple of smaller ones that serve as “bedrooms” of a sort.
They’re perched under a grove of trees at the edge of the vineyard itself, within those famous walls, and if you’re a really lucky friend of the house you might get to spend an evening out there, fixing up some barbecue and camping out in one of the world’s most famous vineyard sites. (Don’t feel bad, I haven’t done it either.)
I did, however, enjoy having coffee in the grand yurt last week with my friend Kurt after being treated to a splendid lunch involving plenty of Krug. Not to mention being able to drink the new vintage of Krug Clos du Mesnil while standing in the vineyard itself. As it won’t be released until this fall, my lips are sealed until then....