Vinous – 100
Before dinner starts, though, a breathtaking array of Champagnes greets guests as they enter the Test Kitchen, one of the most intimate spaces in New York, I am drawn to Krug’s 1996 Clos du Mesnil, which is one of the greatest Champagnes I have ever tasted. It is utterly magnificent, as always. The hustle and bustle of New York City below starts to fade.
Robert Parker – 100
I suppose the 1996 Clos du Mesnil can’t get any better by my standards. It never fails to leave me speechless. The 1996 is a modern-day 1988 or 1979, which is to say a classic among classics; in fact the 1996 may very well be the greatest Clos du Mesnil period. Smoke, bright fruit, crushed rocks and smoke inform the kaleidoscopic, breathtaking finish.