1995 Champagne Krug, Collection, Brut

1995 Champagne Krug, Collection, Brut

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1995 Champagne Krug, Collection, Brut

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The grand finale to Olivier Krug’s awe-inspiring masterclass was the fabulous 1995 vintage, poured from magnum. It is one of four Krug vintages from the 1990s and it was one of the last wines which Olivier tasted with his father and grandfather. Today it is still going strong, with a primary and savoury nose of apricot and toast. On the palate, this remains vigorous but mature, with oxidative notes of walnut oil, nougat and umami, as well as gingerbread, cappuccino, toast and candied fruits. There's lots of finesse and freshness and great length – a joy to drink now and for another 15 years at least.

Drink 2017 - 2034

John Stimpfig, Decanter.com (November 2017)

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Burghound90/100

From a bottle acquired on release.

Moderately deep golden colour. There is a mildly oxidative character present on the toasty, yeasty and apple cider-suffused nose that offers excellent complexity. The fine depth can also be found in the delicious flavours that are definitely full-flavoured and relatively powerful, all wrapped in a citrusy finish that, like the nose, reflects a hint of oxidative character. This is borderline post-mature and I would be inclined to be drinking up.

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Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (October 2018)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous94/100

The 1995 Krug is gorgeous. I chose it because one of my guests loves Krug and I thought the 1995 would have the right amount of complexity to pair beautifully with the smokiness in Saison’s caviar. Although the 1995 Krug is not a truly epic wine, it is in a sweet spot right now.

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (December 2018)

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Josh Raynolds, Vinous95/100

Light yellow. Rich and powerful, with leesy pear and white truffle aromas accented by gentle notes of white pepper and cinnamon. Extremely powerful Krug, with rich orchard fruit flavours, a velvety texture and warm, rich, inviting notes of brioche and creme brulee. It finishes with intense pear and peach flavours and lingering notes of smoke, iodine and toffee. One of the most concentrated Champagnes I tried this year.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com (November 2006)

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Jancis Robinson MW19/20

ID 105095. Disgorged winter 2004-05. 48% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Meunier. Known as ‘harmonious, generous and serene’. A mild winter, serious frosts and extreme heat.

Tasted blind. Pale apricot colour. Very appealing caramel nose. Most intriguing and complex on the nose. Beautiful. Much less severe than some with real depth and savour and some green vegetal notes. Great balance. Very tense. Dry but not drying end.

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Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (February 2018)

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Wine Advocate93/100

Deeper in colour than the Cristal ’99. This has a more engaging nose, although the oak is still just a little unresolved, but with lovely scents of melted wax, almond, acacia and a little clear honey. The palate is expressive and inviting, like the Cristal just lacking some acidity and more forward than I expected (more so than the Krug 82 tasted the previous week.) A good Krug, but there are certainly better vintages that will have more longevity. 

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (January 2000)

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Decanter96/100

The grand finale to Olivier Krug’s awe-inspiring masterclass was the fabulous 1995 vintage, poured from magnum. It is one of four Krug vintages from the 1990s and it was one of the last wines which Olivier tasted with his father and grandfather. Today it is still going strong, with a primary and savoury nose of apricot and toast. On the palate, this remains vigorous but mature, with oxidative notes of walnut oil, nougat and umami, as well as gingerbread, cappuccino, toast and candied fruits. There's lots of finesse and freshness and great length – a joy to drink now and for another 15 years at least.

Drink 2017 - 2034

John Stimpfig, Decanter.com (November 2017)

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About this WINE

Krug

Krug

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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Brut Champagne

Brut Champagne

Brut denotes a dry style of Champagne (less than 15 grams per litre). Most Champagne is non-vintage, produced from a blend from different years. The non-vintage blend is always based predominately on wines made from the current harvest, enriched with aged wines (their proportion and age varies by brand) from earlier harvests, which impart an additional level of complexity to the end wine. Champagnes from a single vintage are labelled with the year reference and with the description Millésimé.

Non-vintage Champagnes can improve with short-term ageing (typically two to three years), while vintages can develop over much longer periods (five to 30 years). The most exquisite and often top-priced expression of a house’s style is referred to as Prestige Cuvée. Famous examples include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon, and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Recommended Producers : Krug, Billecart Salmon, Pol Roger, Bollinger, Salon, Gosset, Pierre Péters, Ruinart


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Champagne blend

Champagne blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


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