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2000 Krug Clos du Mesnil
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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(LLSNFF):  Vibrant yellow-gold.  Smoke- and mineral-accented pear and Meyer lemon on the deeply scented nose, with notes of ginger, vanilla bean and white flowers adding complexity and lift.  Sappy, deeply pitched orchard and pit fruit flavors are braced by juicy acidity, picking up sweet butter and anise nuances with air.  Chewy and mineral-driven, with superb clarity and slow-building spiciness.  An exotic touch of iodine emerges on the finish, which shows outstanding focus and toasty persistence.  The combination of power and energy here is really impressive.

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