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Krug was established in 1843 and has since specialised in producing only prestige and specialised champagnes. Krug is the only firm still producing all its champagne in small oak casks, an essential element for developing Krug's intense bouquet and complex flavours. Today, Henri, Rémi and Olivier Krug, who supervise every step of production, tasting and blending, represent the 5th and 6th generations. With long periods of maturation (6-8 years), Krug champagne continues to age gracefully after release, developing an intensely rich, nutty flavour whilst remaining remarkably fresh. Krug`s finest champagne is Clos du Mesnil, a 100%-Chardonnay based champagne that comes from a small walled vineyard at Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. It is one of the world`s greatest Blanc de Blanc champagnes.
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Bottle 6 x 75cl
From a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, this refined rosé with equisitively clean summer fruit and exceptional length, is about as good as rosé gets. Krug Rosé is the only prestige cuvee rosé to be blended from a palette of wines from three different grape varieties, and from a wide range of vintages. A resting time of at least five years in Krug’s cellars gives Krug Rosé its subtle bubbles and long-lasting elegance. Krug Rosé is a remarkable Champagne which encapsulates the creative spirit of Krug Grande Cuvée. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
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The 20 years of work which have gone into creating this sublime wine and the fact that it retains the style and quality begun in 1846, make this a piece of history. A light golden colour is followed by a gorgeous nose of butterscotch, white flowers, oyster shell, melon and fine spices with hints of delicate cedar.
The breath-taking palate steals the show though. An immensely powerful, dense mousse combines with a lightning bolt of acidity, both of which, remarkably, carry right through to the end. This structure is balanced by an array of flavours which are utterly kaleidoscopic, layered and very ripe fruits; white peach, pineapple and lemon with mustard seed, white pepper, musk and toast in support. The finale is more explosive than any I have ever tasted, with a whole new host of flavours including sherbet, candied fruits and even raspberry. These continue for what seems like an age into the textured, brooding and magnificent finish. A stunning wine now, which in 2-3 years will be truly epic. Fine Wine Team
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Magnum 1 x 150cl
Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance - something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée. Give the Grande Cuvée another 5 + years bottle age and you will own one of the best Champagnes you may have ever taste. - offered in a Berry Bros. & Rudd/Krug branded wooden case when purchasing 6 bottles. Tom Cave, Cellar Plan Manager Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: A blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance - something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige cuvee re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.
Astonishingly youthful on the nose; lemony, citrus notes interwoven with subtle wood character. Very tight on the palate, pronounced acidity and little evolution on the palate so far. Intense, long finish, promise of a long life ahead but needs at least 5-6 years to open up and display its true character.
Krug released the 2003 vintage of the incredibly rare Clos du Mesnil, with a real appeal to avid collectors. Clos du Mesnil comes from a single walled vineyard of Chardonnay vines in Mesnil-Sur-Oger. Krug produces one of the purest expressions of a 100% Chardonnay Champagne that you will ever have the pleasure of tasting. Only available through a strict allocation process due to the tiny quantities (only 8671 individually numbered bottles of 2003 available in the world), this is an incredibly rare Champagne. 2003 is a year that offered abundant warmth and produced generously styled Champagne. This has played perfectly in to the hands of the Krug house style and as such their wine is among the best of the vintage, with wonderful richness and depth. These are presented in a wooden case. Few wine lovers would disagree with the sentiment that Krug sits firmly atop the Champagne tree. In 1843, Joseph Krug set out with a singular aim; to craft the finest expression of Champagne every year, irrespective of conditions. A cuvee he simply named, Numéro 1. Chris Pollington, Fine Wine Account Manager For me, Krug is more than a Champagne. It is a word that stands for artistry, tradition, craftsmanship, and moments of pure pleasure… All Krug's wines are small masterworks, and although Grande Cuvée may be lighter and fresher than its predecessor, Private Cuvée, after a few extra years in the cellar it outshines the competitors' vintage Champagnes… If the opportunity arises, never miss the chance to drink a Krug! Richard Juhlin
I tasted the 1998, alongside the 1996 and was surprised to find myself preferring the 1998. A vivid and lively champagne, the 1998 Krug was remarkable approachable. The typical notes of brioche, white apples and apple strudel on the nose followed seamlessly onto the palate. On the palate layer upon layer of flavours ranging from crisp apples to roasted hazelnuts and minerally chalkiness gently developed into a noticeably long finish with a touch of smoke. Very impressive.
Jeroboam 1 x 300cl
This was a complicated vintage across Europe, so the quality of this wine is testament to Krug's fastidious selection of only the very best sites and grapes. Initially, it tasted of classic brioche notes, hints of honey and a touch of pear, too, though it was the wine’s sheer delicious volume that struck me most. Utterly gorgeous in weight, a delicious creamy mouthful, and while it is ready to go it will be intriguing to watch how it ages; there’s freshness there to see it develop well into the 2020s. Tom Cave, Cellar Plan manager
2000 was a miraculous vintage, enormous storms and hail in the early growing season did not bode well, but the year was saved by one of the hottest Summers in Champagne for fifty years. As a result the Maison have named this vintage “Tempestuous Indulgence”! They have compared it to absolute greats like ’47, ’76 and ’82 and believe it will be one of the longest lived vintages they have made. It comprises of 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier.
We are very pleased to have sourced an immaculate parcel of one of the world's greatest champagnes in an outstanding vintage: 1996 Krug. If Dom Perignon is Champagne's Lafite, Krug is Champagne's Latour; there is a regality and class about this wine that is unmistakable. Their 1996 is as outstanding as one would expect and the critics are united on this one. A bottle opened in the office has split opinions, though only on when to drink it. It does show some development, and is very attractive now for some, though personally I would give this a few more years. Spectacular. Berry Bros. & Rudd Fine Wine A year like no other, 1996 in Champagne married the highest levels of sugar and acidity in living memory; the resulting wines are extraordinary in their concentration, yet perfectly poised in terms of structural definition. A seductive golden colour then a surprisingly forward nose which marries honey, acacia, brioche and truffle; it is on the palate that the identity of the year really starts to sing, with minerality providing a taut and still precocious texture. Beneath this the ripe fruit is slumbering; its ultimate manifestation will herald unparalled complexity and profundity. Similar to the 88 but I suspect it will, over time, be even better. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
Indisputably the most majestic non-vintage cuvée, this is blended from 10 different vintages and 47 wines from 25 villages. The palate is dominated by honey and nuts with graceful acidity and a long finish. Aged 5-7 years on the lees.
D. Magnum 1 x 300cl
Krug’s 1989 Brut Krug Collection represents their most recent in a long-running series of late-releases that feature a vintage they have decided is especially expressive after entering what they refer to as its “second life.” In theory, if you have ideal cellar conditions and bought Krug’s initial disgorgement of the 1989 vintage when it came on the market around a decade ago, then you have essentially the same wine today, though I have never been lucky enough to make the relevant direct comparison. Given the relative infrequency with which a vintage is “declared” by Krug, their “Collection” bottlings represent the remnants of an already elite band. But this 1989 represents the first re-release from the only series of three consecutive vintage bottlings – 1988-1990 – in Krug’s history. The mingling of saline, nutty, and caramelized notes in the nose – adumbrating this wine’s entire performance – is gorgeous. Butter-toasted hazelnuts, dried wild mushrooms, kelp, and cocoa mingle in a silken, mouthwateringly saline and savory matrix reminiscent of oyster liquor laced with fresh lemon juice (because, there is still a youthfully citric store of energy here). This finishes with correspondingly pronounced umami and with tangy vibrancy of citrus and salt. After a day open, the nutty elements become more piquant and walnut-like, but the smoky hints of oxidation remain balanced by citric and mineral elements and positively integrated into a mysteriously diverse show. The palate becomes plusher (perhaps in part due to diminishing mousse) and creamy in an almost whipped-cream fashion, yet the long finish continues to offer uncanny refreshment. Certainly this can be safely held for at least until 2019. David Schildknecht eRobertParker.com #1113 Nov 2013