Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The World’s Most Exclusive Camping Site


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....

8 comments:

peter said...

Peter - any pictures of the vineyard itself you can post or email?

TIA!

Peter Liem said...

I've added a photo of the Clos. Photos from inside the vineyard itself are generally pretty boring, as it's relatively flat, but this one is from a famous viewpoint on a hill just south of the village.

Anonymous said...

Coffee with Kurt in a yurt! Trips off the tongue.

Saltpepperlime said...

That sounds like a very unique experience! Is it there all year long?

Peter Liem said...

I don't know if it's up all year or not, but my friend Nicole found this in Decanter: http://www.decanter.com/news/264135.html.

saltpepperlime said...

Thanks for the link. It sounds incredible (although not for the averge pocket-book). I wonder where that idea ever came from?! From the write up in Decanter it sounds like they still have to work out the menu so that it goes with the Krug.

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